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Candi Darley

Candi was born in Colon, Republic of Panama, and came to the United States at the age of eight. She went to Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, and also earned a BSN in Nursing. Candi worked in nursing for seven years, also doing nutrition advocacy research for the Center for Science in the Public Interest. She married in 1989 and lived in several places across the US and internatonally, moving every few years with her husband, who was in the military.

Candi began to feeling ill before her wedding, but thought it was something that would pass. She kept noticing small things that were making her feel more ill but doctors she saw could not pinpoint a diagnosis. Right before her husband left the military in 1998, Candi was finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and Depression.

Candi's marriage ended suddenly in 2000 and she was left taking care of a small child with half the income. To make matters worse, she was becoming more and more ill. After using up her retirement account and unemployment (she had to quit her job to take care of her child and illness), Candi was forced to move out of her home. Candi sent her son to live with his father and entered the shelter system.

Candi was then and is now still on the waiting list for housing assistance, but has recently received housing through a local homeless agency. She now speaks loudly and boldly about the root causes of homelessness, and the preservation of the civil rights of people experiencing homelessness.

National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20037-1033

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