We lived in Silver Spring. My family was in the diplomatic corps of Duvalier’s government. My mom helped the small Haitian community establish itself. I got a degree from University of Maryland in Economics. I was a real estate appraiser during the very hot housing market. When the housing bubble burst, it went from 15 appraisals a week to 2 or 3. My savings ran out in 3 months. In 2009 my condo in Silver Spring was foreclosed. I came to L.A. 5 years ago with an idea for a talk show for Comedy Central. I’d be the host, curating the panel. We were on the 5-year plan, which just ended. I sleep in my van. I do everything in it. I used to have a solar panel to charge my phone and laptop but it got cracked moving the van. I had a sign, “charge it here” and people used to stop by to charge their devices. You have to move it every 3 days. The electrical system isn’t working so I just move the van by hand. I write an article every month in the Free Venice Beachhead to connect with cannabis culture and income inequality. There’s even a hierarchy among homeless—the ones with RV’s or vans are like the billionaires compared to those living on the streets.