'This has been traumatic': One mom's battles with homelessness, joblessness, inflation

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A year ago, Dawn Zephier, her five youngest children and two grandchildren were homeless, bouncing from affordable motels to, ultimately, seedy motels simply to survive. A few times, they had to sleep in a car. Their lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, were filled with painful uncertainty. 

They secured a home in January, thanks to nonprofit organizations that stepped up to help Zephier navigate the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which empowers school officials to offer support and provide services for students experiencing homelessness.

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