Michelle Kennedy had a typical middle class American childhood in Vermont. She attended college, interned in the . Senate, married her high school sweetheart and settled in the . suburbs. But the comfortable life she was building quickly fell apart. At age 24 Michelle was suddenly single, homeless, and living out of a car with her three small children. She worked night shifts as a waitress while her kids slept out in the diner’s parking lot. She saved her tips in the glove compartment, and set aside a few quarters every week for truck stop showers for her and the kids. With heart-piercing humor and honesty, she describes the frustration of never having enough money for a security deposit on an apartment -— yet having too much to qualify for public assistance.