In the San Gabriel Valley, 70-year-old Andrea Colucci sits in the doorway of the van she and her dog are living in. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Andrea Colucci’s long, slow slide into homelessness began, as it does for many, with medical bills.
At the age of 67, she had decided to finally transition as a transgender woman. Her insurer balked at paying her surgeon’s bills, so she put them on credit cards.
Then her post-surgery housing plans fell through. A hospital put her out on the sidewalk in a paper gown.