Richard has slept on the streets, under freeways, in parks, and on sidewalks. But today, he is a proud resident of Nickelsville, a tent city named for Seattle’s mayor.

From the moment I walked into the “city limits”, Richard made me feel welcome. This interview is taped in front of his home. Richard does a nice job explaining the ins and outs of Nickelsville, such as the rationale for giving each tent an address.

I like Richard. Although his future is uncertain, he has a plan, hopes, and aspirations. He is trying to improve his life. Trying, he says, “to get myself into a more solid structure, a house, and a full-time job.” In fact, out of all the stories I’ve shared on and, he was the first to know exactly what his three wishes were.

I hope they come true someday.

Invisible People


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