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Sophia Lawson-Cornish is a former Saint Francis Center Outreacher Worker and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Housing Intake Coordinator. She served in these roles from February 2015 through June 2018 , and has worked with unhoused and displaced community members for over 15 years. She currently resides in New Orleans working towards juvenile criminal justice reform. This guest post was written with two city Homeless Outreach workers, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of jeopardizing their jobs.