PHOTO ESSAY: Choice & Consequence

TRUE EMBRACES: Monica Villa holds a cancer survivor close during the annual Homeless Connect event in downtown Merced. The one-stop event links homeless people with critical services, basic care and donations. It was created out of Merced County’s 10-year plan to end homelessness. Organizers say more needs to be done to move the event’s focus toward housing solutions. (TIMES PHOTO BY JONATHAN WHITAKER)

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