After two weeks at the Salvation Army men’s shelter in downtown Hamilton, Justin Edward Provo made his exit.

Now that he has a bed in an east-end group home, Provo has set his eyes on getting his own place.

“If you want to get out of shelters, you’ve got to motivate yourself,” the 27-year-old says.

The longer someone is homeless, the more difficult it is to break the cycle, social service professionals say.