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Continued: Homeless in the heart of booming Silicon Valley, a woman seeks to escape the Jungle

  • Article by: MARTHA MENDOZA , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 5, 2014 - 11:20 AM

"I don't know how I did it," she says. "That Jungle was just in me."

Why, Salazar is asked, is the government housing her, feeding her, providing her with her psychiatric medications and so much other care?

"I don't think the government had anything to do with it, I think it was God. If the government knew who they were helping they would stop in a heartbeat. I don't believe I have anything coming, I don't believe I should be asking for anything. A lot of people who worked hard their lives, I'm sure they're going to be pretty upset if they see what I'm getting. But they don't know the relationship I have with God."

A pause.

"I could be wrong. Maybe I'm giving Him too much credit."

After some fighting, she has given her rambling, trashy, makeshift tent to her son Bobby. "It was a bit of chaos," she says.

He's moved in.

EDITOR'S NOTE _ For six months, a reporter and photographer for The Associated Press followed one woman's life in the Jungle, a homeless encampment in the heart of Silicon Valley. Would she find a safe home?

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