Paul

Paul is homeless in Hollywood.  We met in front of the CNN Building where a group of homeless people gather outside to watch TV. The TV’s play audio outside and people watch the news, of course CNN. I think it’s awesome and I was happy to hear the security guards are cool.

Paul is a cancer survivor, yet now has to fight for his life living on the streets of Los Angeles. He was in the hospital for over 3 months, and now homeless for 4 days. Paul has been sleeping at the Greyhound Bus Station downtown, but found Hollywood Station to be a little friendlier. The hospital did send him to a mission downtown. But after visiting he didn’t want to stay on Skid Row. I can’t blame him. I made the same choice 15 years ago, and I think staying in Hollywood may have saved my life.

I can’t imagine fighting cancer and homelessness.  I have another homeless friend that is battling cancer and homelessness in Hollywood.

There is good news for Hollywood. You can read two posts I wrote on hardlynormal.com here and here. Hollywood Entertainment District has partnered with Common Ground’s 100,000 Homes Campaign to house the most vulnerable in the neighborhood. There are no words to express how grateful I am to see real change happening in my home town.  There is no way to know what Paul’s future will be, or my friend Kathy, but at least now there is hope.

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  • http://uwsem.org/211 John Azoni

    Mark, what would you suggest people to do help people in Paul's situation? Is there a specific organization creating housing in the area that needs support?

  • http://BLOGitse.blogspot.com BLOGitse

    I had breast cancer but I'm not homeless. A man in his age after that kind of treatment and homeless is a shame for your country!
    Thanks for sharing!
    You got a new follower…

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