People yell at you to go get a job, and you say, “I’ve been working all day” (waving a sign).
I lost my house and my children due to my drinking and drug use — I couldn’t pay the bills because I was too busy having fun. It’s been about 5 or 6 years; I’ve been on and off the street. Stay with people when I can. But I had a really bad relationship, so I didn’t really give a crap at the time. Kinda would rather live in my car at the Walmart.
You gotta watch out for each other, because if you don’t, nobody’s gonna watch out for you. Gotta know where your friends are — make sure they’re ok. It’s cold here; I hate the cold!
People don’t consider how much we have to go through in a day. Getting a job is hard — I don’t have no ID, I’m not from here, I don’t have an address. So it’s kinda hard to go to work. And when the cops come wake you up at 6 AM just because they can, it’s wrong. ‘Cause you’re already cold sleeping on the concrete, my god, can you let me sleep til I wake up. But it’s not always entirely bad to be out here.
What is home:
Home is where I end up at the end of the day and where my friends are. That’s what home is.
Houseless just means I don’t have an actual house – doesn’t mean I don’t have home. A guy once came up to me and said, “You’re not homeless, you’re residentially challenged!” We all see it our own way.
Homelessness in America:
My son asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year and I told him a port-a-potty. ‘Cause you don’t think about that stuff when you’re inside, you just go. You don’t gotta walk a mile to the bus station. These are things people just don’t think about — like having electric. I never thought about that stuff ’til I was homeless. It’s just always there.