Sheila Sanchez emerges from among bunkbeds after gathering her flowers, for her wedding at the city's homeless shelter. The 200 other residents celebrated with the lucky couple.
Juanita Sams, 47, sleeps on a bed of cushions sandwiched between two shopping carts. She raised four children and has done a lot of volunteer work. She hopes to eventually get a job being a nanny because she loves working with children.
Stand Down San Diego
Veterans of the U.S. Navy, left, Marines and Army, stand together for the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of Stand Down, a three-day event for homeless veterans.
Homeless individuals pile their belongings onto shopping carts as the city's environmental services department does weekly sweeps of homeless camp sites on public land downtown.
Raven tries on one of her beloved hats before stepping out. She found a home in a subsidized apartment building reserved for the homeless mentally ill.
Clayton "Sarge" T. Peffer Jr. waits under an awning in the rain on Broadway downtown San Diego on Veteran's Day 2011, for enough money to buy a cup of coffee, and for his housing voucher application to be approved so he can move indoors for the first time in three and a half years. The Veterans Administration's VASH program got Sarge off the street but he died six months later.