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Brehanna Ledesma
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Brehanna Ledesma

Nine-year-old Brehanna Ledesma cries as she sits outside a homeless day shelter in Portland, Ore., on March 10. Brehanna and her parents, Joe and Heidi Ledesma, were evicted and became homeless in December after Joe lost his home builder job.

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Brehanna packs up and prepares to move from a tented night shelter to another shelter in Portland, Ore, on March 9.

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In the crowded back seat of her parents' car, Brehanna waits to transfer from a homeless day shelter to a night shelter in Portland, Ore., on Feb. 17.

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During recess at a community transitional school in Portland, Ore., Brehanna skips with a Hula Hoop.

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Brehanna sits off to the side during class at a community transitional school in Portland, Ore.

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** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, MAY 9-10 **In this March 3, 2009 photo, Brehanna Ledesma, 9, looks up at her father, Joe Ledesma, as they stand  in the woods outside a homeless day  shelter in Portland, Ore. The Ledesma's were evicted and became homeless last December after Joe lost his homebuilder job. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

In the woods outside a homeless day shelter in Portland, Ore., Brehanna cuddles close to her father.

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Brehanna looks up at her father with tears in her eyes as she asks him what happened to her stuffed monkey.

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In the evening at a homeless night shelter in Portland, Ore., the Ledesma family shares a book on Feb. 23.

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** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, MAY 9-10 **In this  March 3, 2009 photo, Brehanna Ledesma, 9, kisses her mother, Heidi Ledesma, outside a homeles day shelter in Portland, Ore.  The Ledesma's were evicted and became homeless last December after Joe lost his homebuilder job.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Brehanna Ledesma, kisses her mother, Heidi outside a homeles day shelter in Portland, Ore.

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Joe Ledesma scours neighborhood recycling bins for bottles to turn in for money in Portland, Ore., on March 9.

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Now 10 years old, Brehanna leads the way into her family's new apartment in Portland, Ore. on April 24, as her father follows. He recently secured a painting job, and the family has finally moved into their own place after months of surviving in shelters, selling plasma and collecting cans and bottles for money.

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Joe and Heidi Ledesma hug their 10-year-old daughter, Brehanna, while moving into their new apartment in Portland, Ore., on April 24.

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Brehanna Ledesma leaps to touch the ceiling of her family's new apartment while her father, Joe Ledesma, watches in Portland, Ore. on April 24.

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