Edward lives under a freeway overpass in New Orleans. A train cut off his arm when he was eleven. Edward has been off and on the streets ever since.

Edward tells me he can collect disability, but he lost his ID so he hasn’t had a check for three months. He survives by “flying a sign” on the exit ramp.

In his own words Edward says he’s “messed up”! He has HIV and hepatitis A, B and C. Edward says he has been to every hospital in New Orleans at least 6 times. After each hospital stay, Edward is discharged right back to homelessness – where his health gets worse, and eventually he goes back into the hospital. Who do you think pays for all the emergency services and hospital costs?

Edward’s three wishes: live a long life, have a little money, and to be able to eat every day!

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  • http://twitter.com/cyinger4jw cyinger

    If only someone in social services could see this & help him get ssi card & id replaced, that would be a start. There needs to be more help for homeless to replace lost id, birth certificate, etc. That’s a big issue. I can’t imagine being that sick & on the streets. Sad.

  • New Man 25

    That man knows the reality of his life and his wishes aren’t too far fetched. I hope he get’s the help/money/food that he asked for. I’ll pray that he does

  • Krista

    I think that it takes alot to get yourself straight and go forward with the mistakes you have made. The homeless put themself on the streets. I feel for them. They have family and friends that could help them out but pride takes over for them. They can ask a total stranger for help and not think anything, seems when it gets to family and friends they can’t bring themselves to ask for help. I feel for the homeless they really need alot of help and for someone to step in and believe in them to help them help themselves. I hope he would just find a way and to believe in himself to let someone know he is not healthy and he has alot of health problems.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.morningstar Laura Morningstar

    Social services dont even care. They are up to their ears in paper work. Their turn over is so huge, no one can keep up. No one knows where or how to begin. Thier jobs are so stressfull I would not doubt it if any past employees are homless themselves now too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.morningstar Laura Morningstar

    Another thing. Dont we all know about the great American dream? To get rich and stay that way? So while so many people are so busy trying to accomplish this dream and dont forget about keeping up with the jones, This poor homeless people just become more and more invisable, unaccountable, and more sadly…un loved and un befriended. Theres a huge need for some type of org. that should be able to help out a bit more than thet seeminly dont anyway. I t is a sad sad situation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.morningstar Laura Morningstar

    Sad to inform you on this one. But in alot of cases even their own families dont care and will not help them out. I have seen this many times as being the case first hand. Now…THAT IS SAD!!!

  • peter

    but wat you dont get is social services in uk dont care about adults because they cost money they are more interested in children because for every kid the social services take into care they get paid thousands

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