First time I was homeless I was 14 years old. I was kicked out of the house. There were 7 of us kids—I was the oldest. My dad died when I was 6, my mom when I was 12.
I’d heard about Uptown Tent City and I wanted to totally get involved; got a propane stove and tank and I started cooking for the community. Set up a storage tent to keep things for survival purposes. There were about 25 of us under Lawrence viaduct and about 20 under Wilson.
I got elected mayor of Tent City. I’m homeless but I’m happy. I’m doing what I enjoy doing: helping people.