Derrick

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Derrick made his living as a professional photographer. After Derrick lost his photo gear when his car was stolen, life snowballed down into crisis, and he ended up living in a tent homeless in Venice Beach, California. 

We first met Derrick when filming our mini-documentary featuring Venice Family Clinic doing street medicine. You can watch that here. Derrick talked about how you can’t lock a tent, so you have to take everything of value with you when you live for any length of time. 

The night before this interview, it had rained really hard. Derrick was cleaning up his area the best he could. In his almost two years of homelessness, Derrick has learned a lot about survival. What tents are best. How to use tarps and clamps. Where to place your tent to keep it dry.

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