James Hugh, Jr.
I had a decent job as a longshoreman in South Bay, L.A. I had to have hernia surgery. During my 3-4 month recovery I received a letter from the shipping company telling me I was terminated for taking too long from work. After separating from my wife, I moved in with my siblings and mom but it didn’t work out—we were just different folks. I stayed nearby on the street, had to learn how to deal with it. I had no idea where to go, nowhere to store my things. My truck on the street got towed. Sometimes people give me food or money. You go for a walk, check dumpsters, trash cans. Ground score! The amazing things people throw away. I share what I find with the community. Most of the population here works together so that we all can have. I’m closer to people here than my real family. Homelessness is not a disease. We are house-less but the earth is still our home.