Jason has been experiencing homelessness for over 10 years and has moved around from staying at different McDonald's restaurants to out on the streets and various community shelters. As we've gotten to know him more, it's clear that as much as he's pragmatic about his circumstances, he has an admirable sense of diligence and determination to educate himself.
"I've been going to the Central Library every day for almost 2 years now, even the staff recognise me. I'm very interested in reading books about Chinese medicine, nutrition and how to follow a healthy lifestyle. I've even saved up money to buy a paper pad to take down notes from all the books I read".
Jason's commitment to reading every day is also how he taught himself English. He sometimes likes having conversations in English so he can practise and says he can now even tell the difference between American, British and Australian accents.
Note: Names in this article have been changed to protect privacy.