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Eric


Normally I don’t use last names. But this is not your ordinary story, and Eric Sheptock is no ordinary homeless advocate. I first heard about Eric from an NPR story a little over a year […]

Eric

Normally I don’t use last names. But this is not your ordinary story, and Eric Sheptock is no ordinary homeless advocate. I first heard about Eric from an NPR story a little over a year ago. Eric’s blogs on Change.org and continues to impress. He has a vast knowledge of the political landscape of this social crisis. I just had to meet him.

Last year I tried to connect. Each time I passed through DC I tried to connect with Eric yet it never happened. I wanted to interview him for hardlynormal.com because I somehow thought homelessness was in his past. Then, just this last week, I finally met Eric in person. Now I know why communication was a challenge between us. Eric lives in a shelter. Eric is still homeless.

I have lots of respect for Eric. The challenges of living without housing are tremendous, yet he finds the strength to fight for others. You can read his personal blog here and follow him on Twitter here.

This is a powerful interview I hope you share. I love Eric’s three wishes so much I have now changed mine.

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  • Powest1931

    Eric,
    I am a student who is very interested in the plight of the homeless in America. I was watching and listening to what you were saying and I find the idea of decomodifying living space to be an extremely vital necessity. The mansions in America could still stand if the homeless population could be sheltered in a dignified manner, not extravigant, but sustainable with employment that would meet the rental criterion and afford the homeless to share in the right to pursue happiness which is an indeliable right afforded in the Constitution. Match the minimum wage with the minimum {Food +Shelter+Clothing = Sustainable Living}. I appreciate the level of advocacy you have mounted and say to you that there will be compensation in smiles and gratitude from someone whoes life you touch and maybe one of your three wishes will come true for you. Keep up the strruggle in this work… it is so worth it. I live in Florida. The Vacation Capital in the United States. Things have been priced so far out the park that some visitors are opting to visist other locations rather than come here to experience the USA and Disney and Universal Resorts. Our homeless sleep in the woods rather than in shelters for fear of abuse from fellow homeless individuals. I would like to find my voice in the fight against homelessness especially since there are more than 1.35 million children caught in this phenmenon with no choice. My passion is showing… I don’t appologize. Thanks for the knowledge

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelJMooney Michael Mooney

    other than a do nothing government job nobody is going to pay you to be a homeless “activist”. you cannot create a non-existant right to housing.
    all the solutions I have seen for homelessness is give them money, other peoples money. What jobs are you going to give them? there are no jobs.
    The number of homeless will soon be soaring, on dec 25 635,000 will lose unemployment insurance. on jan 1 more than a million (1,000,000), on jan 30 another 2 million (2,000,000), thats almost 4 million. what do we do. the working people cannot be taxed more to support them nor can corporations.
    So what do we do? If your brother is unemployed and homeless let him move in if you can. It’s up to us not government.