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Shalina, age  21, Tacoma, Wash.

Shalina has been traveling for about a year she says. “I went all three years of high school, but I only went because I wanted to be prom queen. Got nominated. They wouldn’t let me take my crown because I wasn’t graduating.”

She plans to head soon for the East Coast where she says she has a lot of stepfamily. Like Frankie, she sleeps under a bush or a bridge with their two dogs, Lush and Charlie. 

Shalina plays the banjo and says, “I started playing music when I went on the road, so yeah, it would have to be like, music. When I was up in Portland I was busking and I got two people within an hour asking me to go and record with them. But I don’t think I’m that good yet.” She says she almost wasn’t allowed to get food stamps when she revealed she sometimes makes $100 to $200 in a week playing banjo. 

She and Frankie eat from trashcans, get Subway sandwiches when they can and go to homeless dining halls. 

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Originally posted 2018-01-03 05:43:11.