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Homeless men share their story of how hard life is on the streets

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Some of those who are homeless can find some type of living arrangements with shelters and friends. However, some live anywhere they can find a roof.

Heartland News met up with two people that have had a bit of a rough streak in finding a place to live.

We met up with Bobby Masterson and Jamie Howard of Cape Girardeau.

Both men have pasts that didn't work out for their benefit.

Masterson and Howard were both married and have kids. Since then, they have divorced and bounced around from place to place to finally end up where they are now: in a shack.

Howard sleeps on a couch while Masterson sleeps on the floor in the shack.

Both men say they struggle greatly trying to find jobs, food, clothes and really just everything.

Masterson said he struggles finding a shelter due to him having a criminal background. He used to have a job in radio and has had other jobs here and there since then.

Tina Rodgers, case manager with Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau, said there are a lot of homeless people in the area.

Rodgers said not all have the luxury of being able to take advantage of a shelter due to lack of room and prior felonies.

Howard said there is so many difficulties when just trying to survive.

Masterson said they go around and find cans to recycle to get money. They buy the essentials they can such as food and clothes.

Howard said they still have trouble even keeping their food due to the rats, squirrels and raccoons taking it.

Both men say they have a plan to get out of their current living conditions.

They both have case workers and are needing to get their IDs to help them establish the paperwork needed to get a place for them to stay at.

Both say they miss their families and children and won't have anyone to spend Thanksgiving with except for themselves and the others that will join them at the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving for a dinner.

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