A Nobody

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Bertha, 1951-

“On the street, if you are not a vet, or have HIV or substance abuse, you are a nobody.”


Off the street, you are a nobody if you don’t have money, or family and friends. On the street, if you’re not a vet, or have HIV or substance abuse, you are a nobody. To get help, you have to fit into some program. Take Shelter Plus Care, across the street from here. They help certain people, give them SSI checks, housing, food, clothing, while I am still here outside. A nobody.

They are raising millions and billions of dollars for AIDS research, but what about us? The people of this city don’t seem to care. Start by showing more compassion. Change priorities, make us, homeless people, a priority. We are not nothings or incidentals. We are human beings like everyone else, not a statistic.

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