All in Homelessness


When I was 16. My mother gave me up to the state. After my mom gave me up, I hit rock bottom and got really bad on drugs. I started shooting heroin, coke, pills, alcohol, whatever I could get my hands on.


I found what appeared to be an abandoned trailer park in Luthersville, GA yesterday, so I stopped to explore. As I was driving through, I heard someone holler at me. It was Trena. I told her about the project, and asked if she'd tell me her story. We talked a lot about God and how she felt abandoned by her spiritual family at the local church. 


Atlanta's a great city, man. Every city has it's ups and downs, but for me and my healing process, Atlanta's been a great city. I've been in and out of Grady and Emory hospitals having research done and tests done. 


some things have happened. Like he hit me once or twice but he apologized after that happened. He cried and said “I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to do that.” And now I’m having a child from him. I want a boy.


BW: What do you do about your cancer? Do they treat it at all?

Lisa: No… when I get sick I just go to the emergency room. 

BW: So, you don’t have a regular doctor you can go see or anything?

Lisa: No because I don’t have no insurance and no Medicaid.


When I met Timothy in Birmingham, Alabama he was having a hard time standing up straight and was leaning against a wall. I could tell he was in pain so I went up and talked to him. We didn’t get very far before he was in so much pain that he really couldn’t talk coherently. 


The irony of this… I used to look at artists on the street growing up and think, “what a bum” and that’s what I turned out to be. I’m making my living out here and I think this is where I’m going to really get my reward for all my efforts.


I had a culture shock here. I never seen people be homeless where I grew up in Africa so I got inspired to make a film. I didn’t have a gold pot but I had a gold mind so I been banging these bracelets for ten years.

Update on Alicia and Emma

We were able to pay for one month in an efficiency motel for Alicia and her daughter, Emma. One of the donors asked that we spend some of their donation on Emma. It just so happened that she had a birthday Tuesday so we were able to make it a special one with those funds. 


I’ve been panhandling every day just to get $55 to get a motel room. It’s very expensive, especially when there’s a place right next door that I could get for $150 per week, and I can’t come up with that much.


About six times a day I have to say, “I’m not for sale.” That’s just how a lot of people live on the streets. I don’t belong on the streets *tears”. I have a masters degree, I don’t belong on the streets! I have cancer. I need medical treatment and a home to live in and a job. 


He brought me here [New Orleans] about 2 months ago. I’m pregnant again, as you can see, about 5 months. Recently he up and just disappeared. So, this is the position I’m in at this point. 


I’ve learned that you can’t look at nobody and judge them, cause you never know. No, I don’t do drugs. I’m just in a fucked up situation.


I got injured about two years ago. I’m a diabetic. I was working a job and I dropped a board and cut my foot. It got worse and they had to do surgery and amputate my small toe. That was traumatic.