I met Matthew on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Matthew was not having a good day. He told me he has bronchitis. Homelessness is bad enough without being sick.

Matthew has been on the streets since he was 15. Matthew says that even at that young age of 15 he felt his mother was so strapped for money he’d have a better life if he left home.

Matthew says it’s been his choice since he was 15 to live on the streets. I find it interesting that Matthew mentions Vietnam war veterans are homeless not by choice, but does not want to see that his young childhood didn’t leave him with much of a choice.

We’ll never end homelessness until we can fix family!


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