Hometown: Northampton, Massachusetts
Homeless six months
I'm trying to figure out how to get my checks sent to me. I get like $300 every two weeks, but sometimes they mail the check and it takes a week by Western Union to get my money.
I'm from Northampton, Mass. I lived there a long time. I broke up with my ex-wife and lost a lot of shit over it. A lot of shit, dude. So, like, I don't know. I asked God for forgiveness, and I just went walking, riding buses, started hitchhiking. I just needed a break for a while. It was fucking annoying. Now I got a couple things I gotta get done back home. I got kids [ages 10, 15, and 21], ex-wives, shit I gotta fix. It's been longer than six months.
I've been living in [Golden Gate] Park a week, basically walked the entire 101 from Redding, Mt. Shasta. I'm trying to get housed for a little while, trying to save $600. And we're trying to get a van. If I can find a room to rent, I'll do that. I'll pay the rent, up to $300 a month I can afford. It'll be all right. I gotta keep things positive.
I would definitely love a shower and some clean socks.
There should be more help for us, you know what I mean? There's a lot of kids out there. And there's a difference between homeless and travelers.
It's been a rough day, for the most part. I just got here half an hour ago. I'm trying to make like 15, 20 more bucks. On a good day, I can earn maybe $50. Maybe. When I had my dog, it was about $150, I tried getting him the other day, but they wouldn't let me rescue him because I didn't have California ID. Buses, trains, he was always there for me. A good dog, man. I had him cremated, too. I paid $200. I have most of the ashes, still.