Featured Video Play Icon

Alex in homeless in San Francisco

I was walking around San Francisco carrying my camera when Alex approached me and started up a conversation. Honestly, I am not sure I would have asked Alex if he wanted to share his story if he had not approached me.

I did not know what to ask him. I am and still am in shock that disabled little person has to survive out on the streets. Homelessness is hard on every person who has to live outside but I cannot even imagine the challenges Alex has to face every single day.

Alex has lived homeless in San Francisco for the last two years including spending the winters outside. Alex says he has a caregiver that comes to help in a few times a week.

During this trip to San Francisco, I have seen things that I have never seen before. The mental illness and drug addiction here is at a level I do not see anywhere else including Los Angeles’s Skid Row. The fact that humans in this great country of ours cannot get the help they need is upsetting. No one should be homeless. It’s disturbing that Alex has slept outside for two years. Shame on us!

After the interview, Alex asked me if I would record an update video when he is in his new apartment. I said sure as long as Alex cooked me dinner. We talked for a bit and shared a few laughs. I can only hope and pray that Alex will find housing and the support he needs to get out of homelessness.

IP 19 Logo Icon crop

Invisible People


We imagine a world where everyone has a place to call home. Until then, we strive to be the most trusted source for homelessness news, education and advocacy.

Related Topics

Get the Invisible People newsletter


A 65-Year-Old's Story of Homelessness in Manchester, New Hampshire


Single Dad with Four Kids Homeless in a Hotel Room

Kevin and his four children

Homeless Woman Cycles Between Streets And Hotels After Husband Dies


homeless man Manchester, New Hampshire



homeless women in UK

Homeless Women in the UK Are Likely to Die Before Their 43rd Birthday

cost-burdened renter households

The Alarming Rise in Cost-Burdened Renter Households

housing wage and rent burden

What Is a Housing Wage and How Does Your Income Stack Up To It?

street medicine

From Abandonment to Healing: The Trust-Building Power of Street Medicine

Get the Invisible People newsletter