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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Terri, 49- Portland, OR

“I take drugs mostly to deal with the pain from my car accident- my ex-boyfriend tried to kill me” “I’ve died several times by overdosing on Heroin. I got my first abscess on my leg two weeks ago and it nearly killed me. I was on methadone and heroin. I quit them all together almost…

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Richard, 61- Portland, OR

“My daughter died four years ago and I haven’t given a shit about anything since then.” Understanding the breadth of homelessness can be near impossible. Statistics and research may be able to categorize the homeless efficiently on a mass scale and provide accurate data for causes but can not possibly provide explanations for the stories…

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Scooby, 25- Seattle, WA

“Be thankful, and more importantly – whether it be a person, a flower, a bug, anything- to produce more in the universe to be thankful for.” One dominating stereotype of the homeless population is that homelessness is by choice, with up to 62% of the population holding that belief.¹ This “choice” may be perceived as…

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Ian, 28- Portland, OR

“Let me tell you, it’s a scary thing to lose your mind.” Though the LGBT represents an estimated 7% of the general population, LGBT youth makes up 40% of the youth homeless population¹. Likely due to intolerance faced at home, this disparity represents a disturbing pattern of minors being forced to live on the streets in search…

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Matthew, 36 -Boise, ID

When visiting the shelter, I use my volunteered service as an opportunity to meet those attending one by one, keeping my eyes open for anyone who may have an unheard story to tell. Many of those I serve food to are, justifiably, in bitter spirits. When the only planned meal of the day is an…

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Sara Jean, 18 or 19 – Los Angeles, CA

  Along the sanded sidewalks of Venice Beach, I saw a young woman cocooning herself and her belongings with a large tarp in attempt to protect herself from the wind. When I approached her to ask about my project, she showed no interest and asked me to leave her be. As I walked away, she…

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