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PORTLAND HAS MANY BRIDGES CONNECTING THE EAST AND WEST PARTS OF THE CITY.
ON ANY GIVEN DAY UNDERNEATH ANY OF THESE BRIDGES YOU CAN EASILY SEE
THE SERIOUS HOMELESSNESS ISSUES THAT ARE PRESENT IN PORTLAND.




QUESTION #1: What is your name, and how old are you?
ANSWER: "My friends all call me "POET" and I'm 60 years old.

QUESTION #2: How long have you been homeless?
ANSWER: "I have been without a home for 7-years."

QUESTION #3: What is the worst stereotype you think the public has about the homeless?
ANSWER: "That every homeless person is on drugs. I know some other
homeless that do drugs and drink but it's because they live a
tough life on the streets. It's a hard life and some feel they need
to do drugs to numb their pain and get them through each day.
I personally don't drink or do any drugs.


QUESTION #4: What is the worst thing about being homeless?

ANSWER: "Being so lonely!
I stand on the street corner with this sign and nobody
wants to even look at me! It's as if I'm invisible
or people don't want to look
The worst part for me is the lonliness."


QUESTION #5: Where do you go for shelter?
ANSWER: "I used to go to several shelters downtown,
like the Transition Projects on Glisan street
or sometimes the Rescue Mission on Burnside street
but now I have been sleeping in a friends car."



THE TRUTH HURTS!


This is Jessica.

Talking with Jessica about this project and my intentions to raise money
to help others like her that are homeless she wanted to participate
but said she was too embarrassed to have a photo of her face taken.
Jessica was okay with having me take this photo.

Jessica is 25 years old, and has been homeless for 3 years.
Before nearly tearing up, Jessica wanted me to tell you that
since being homeless It has put her into severe depression.


QUESTION #1: What is your name, and how old are you?
ANSWER: "My name is Earl, and I'm 51 years old.

QUESTION #2: How long have you been homeless?
ANSWER: "I've been out of work and homeless since my wife died 3 long years ago.
I lost all of my life savings and retirement. My life has been a downward spiral since then.
Now look at me!"



QUESTION #3: What is the worst stereotype you think the public has about the homeless?
ANSWER: "That we are all thieves and addicted to drugs!
I haven't done drugs or had a sip of alcohol for over 7 years.
I don't do any drugs, or alcohol like some of the others living on the street.
People always just think any money they give goes to drugs and booze.
I'm trying to get off the streets, I'm not trying to spend the rest of my life standing
here flying a sign to get drugs. I am trying to live a normal life.



QUESTION #4: What is the worst thing about being homeless?
ANSWER: "When the only possessions you have like a sleeping bag or tent are stolen.
(*I noticed when I was talking with Earl that he had
all of his possessions and his "home" in those 3 bags!

QUESTION #5: Where do you go for shelter?
ANSWER:"That depends on where I am in the city.
I mostly try to stay dry and hidden
from other people when I sleep, for my protection.
Sleeping on the streets is
dangerous and you get harassed all the time. People throw shit at you,
kick you, and yell at you simply because
your trying to sleep on the street!
They treat you like your less of a human.


QUESTION #1: What is your name, and how old are you?
ANSWER: "My name is Bill and I'm 28 years old."

QUESTION #2: How long have you been homeless?
ANSWER: "4-months."



QUESTION #3: What is the worst stereotype you think the public has about the homeless?
ANSWER: "That we are on drugs and just want money for drugs."

QUESTION #4: What is the worst thing about being homeless?
ANSWER: "Two things, One is not knowing where your going to sleep,
The other not having a lot of resources to get out of being homeless.



QUESTION #5: Where do you go for shelter?
ANSWER: "Recently I found out through another homeless guy
about Transition Projects and City Team shelters.
I've been homeless for only 4-months so before that I didn't know much
and was sleeping under the Hawthorne bridge or other spots that were dry.

QUESTION #1: What is your name, and how old are you?
ANSWER: "Patricia or Pat if that's easier, and I'm 68 years old.

QUESTION #2: How long have you been homeless?
ANSWER: "It's been since October of last year. So I've been homeless for about 14 months now."

QUESTION #3: What is the worst stereotype you think the public has about the homeless?
ANSWER: "That we are drunks and drug addicts."


QUESTION #4: What is the worst thing about being homeless?
ANSWER: "Being invisible, cold and not knowing where
you are going to sleep each night.
Also being ridiculed and spit on.
QUESTION #5: Where do you go for shelter?
ANSWER: "Sometimes I go to a woman's shelter called JEAN'S PLACE,
if it's not all booked up already. Otherwise I try and rent
a hotel from the money I begged for during the day.
If I don't get much money during a day I
have to look on the streets for shelter.

QUESTION #1: What is your name, and how old are you?
ANSWER: "My name is Mac. and I'm 53 years old.

QUESTION #2: How long have you been homeless?
ANSWER: "I have been homeless since the beginning of the 2009 year. I'm a carpenter and since the economy fell last year
I have not had any work or luck. I would of never thought it would come to this!"


QUESTION #3: What is the worst stereotype you think the public has about the homeless?
ANSWER: "That we don't want to work. I was working 40-hour weeks 1 year ago doing work as a carpenter.
I used to have a sign that read, "SKILLED CARPENTER, WILL WORK FOR FOOD."
but nobody once stopped to hire me, so I stopped using that one.
I don't want to be out begging for money on the streets,
I want to get back on my feet and start working again.

QUESTION #4: What is the worst thing about being homeless?
ANSWER:"The cold and wet nights sleeping on the streets.
My self-esteem is very low since I couldn't support myself.

QUESTION #5: Where do you go for shelter?
ANSWER: " I go to T.P.I. (Transition Projects)
if they have space available.
Otherwise under one of the bridges.



QUESTION #1: What is your name, and how old are you?
ANSWER: "Daniel, I'm almost 30 years old"

QUESTION #2: How long have you been homeless?
ANSWER: I've been homeless off and on since "9/11" (2001)
It's hard to stay off the streets when you don't have money or places to stay.



QUESTION #3: What is the worst stereotype you think the public has about the homeless?
ANSWER: "Fuck dude, there are soooo many. Where do you want me to start?
That we are on drugs, that we steal, that we don't want to find jobs.
I can't get a job because I don't have an address, a phone, or even clean clothes.
What do I put on my application for all that info?"

QUESTION #4: What is the worst thing about being homeless?
ANSWER:"Not being able to take a shower when I'm dirty, and freezing cold nights.



QUESTION #5: Where do you go for shelter?
ANSWER: "I go to T.P.I. from time to time to get soap and supplies.
If they have space available I try and sleep there or at other shelters
Blanchet house is next to T.P.I. and they serve good food as well.



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