Cami, 49- Albuquerque

“My dad would fornicate with me in front of my brothers without taking my virginity. He said it was okay that way.” DISCLAIMER: In my interview with Cami, it was clear she was suffering from a severe mental illness. She could not stay on track with any of her thoughts and claimed strange conspiracies she…

Scotty, 50- Flagstaff

“My house burned down in 2006 and I’ve been homeless ever since. I used to be a smoker- crack and all that shit. So I let the wrong type of people in my house, went to the store, and came back to everything I had in flames. I have had different jobs since then. I worked…

Rob, 59- Redding, CA

“I’m a veteran from the Korean war. I was injured in the military 38 years ago. I have no short term memory at all.” DISCLAIMER: I should note Rob’s story did not add up in a timeline. He claimed he was a Vietnam era-veteran who fought in the Korea War. He is most likely too…

Peggy, 59- Portland, OR

“I’m 59, and I’ve been out on the streets since I was 15. I left due to abuse from my mom and never looked back. I’m in housing now but I’d still be on the street if i wasn’t living on disability. I’m living on less than 800 bucks a month and after bills I’d have…

Sheila, 54- Sacramento, CA

“It had to take my dogs death to realize I didn’t want to be homeless anymore. Cause it could’ve been me. I wish it would’ve been me instead of JJ.” “Practically all my life I used drugs and alcohol. I had a really great job working at Walmart and the drugs and alcohol got in…

Lee, 28- Venice Beach, CA

“I came out here in search of answers to questions, but I’ve realized there’s really no questions. You just be. I don’t need to have a name, a race,  or an age. Those things don’t matter. So freedom brought me here. Georgia is still racist. Here I have amazing beautiful people coming up and talking…

Tim, 20- San Francisco, CA

“When you meet so many people, you’re meeting so many parts of yourself and can use that to as an opportunity to self-reflect and empathize with others.” “I would consider myself a traveler but in the eyes of society I’m homeless. I always wanted to travel and I’ve realized you really don’t need that much….

Dave & Charity Hope- San Francisco, CA

  “Things always get better. We are in one of the worst situations and we’re enjoying life more than most people I see passing by.” “We’ve been married for two years. We got here by Greyhound. We had our car stolen and totaled in North Carolina and they made us pay for the tow. That…

Lone Wolf, ‘Older Than Dirt’- Los Angeles

I’ve been out here 37 years. Before that I was in Vietnam killing people. That’s all I did , day in day out- kill people. And I’m not going to say another word about it.  I came out here to clear my head and have been here ever since. I’ll likely be out here the…

Laura, 44- Sacramento, CA

“I am here from years of drug abuse and domestic violence. It wasn’t just one domestic violence incident it’s been my whole life, every relationship I’ve been in.” “I was 17 and the first boy I ever dated hit me. I thought that was normal after that. I thought that’s how you show love. I…

Steve, 55- Redding, CA

“I look more homeless than you do!” “Well what does homelessness look like?” “I have epilepsy. Alcohol and stress is definitely a part of it. That triggered the last seizure. You just go into this tunnel, you have no idea how long you have been there, you have no idea what happened, you just leave reality…

Gary, 68- Redding, CA

“I had a stroke back in 2001 and that pretty much retired me. Since then I’ve had one more. The second one left the left side of my body numb. My left arm is mostly useless, I can’t grip with my hand. My left legs does alright but I still need a cane to get…