The Chronicle had a fascinating article today about Tom Sepa a hardworking pretty normal guy, who happens to live in Golden Gate Park. He has a job (a cold caller for IT firms), a laptop even a netflix account, but he sleeps in a tent in the largest park in the City.
He refers to himself as an urban outdoorsman, not homeless, and he certainly challenges a lot of the preconceived notions of homelessness ("drunken lazy bums", crazy people etc.) For him, it's a conscious choice to live this way.
I wonder how many folks are in a similar boat? When the City closed one of it's shelters, they found that 20% of the occupants had jobs of some sort. Still, I think the lion's share of the homeless are not as "well off" as Mr. Sepa.
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