Marshall is 20 and was first homeless at 16. Marshall tells it like this…

“One day my mum just left me in the suburb of Gailes. I don’t know why. I didn’t have a job and had no access to Centrelink income due to being a New Zealand citizen. I had no family who would take me in either. With no income I couldn’t stay in supported shelters either which meant I wasn’t able to have a safe place to go. I was shut out by my family and from homeless services that I couldn’t afford. It also meant I wasn’t able to get public housing.

I spent four years on the streets and couch surfing. I used drugs and got money in different ways to survive.”

Marshall goes on to say, “Never let your negatives define who you are… You are stronger and more capable than you were yesterday!”

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