Before getting into supportive housing through Avalon Housing, Debra Fairburn, one of the many chronically homeless people in Ann Arbor who got off the streets this year, lived what she considered a precarious life.
She had been homeless off and on for years, sometimes sleeping in a tent outside and sometimes couch surfing.
"Sometimes the situations weren't safe, or there was drugs involved at those houses," she said. "I was a wanderer."
She begged for money on the side of the road. She was addicted to heroin.