New Orleans, La.
Dear Family and Friends,
Raymond tried to eat the slice of pepperoni pizza. He really did. Problem was, his teeth are falling out. But before they leave, he says, the teeth break off in pieces.
Hall was one of the first homeless New Orleanians I saw who came to protest the inadequate public housing in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Over 100 people night after night sleep in the shadow of City Hall at
As I walked by them the other evening, the air had cooled, many people were up telling stories, smoking cigarettes. The main branch of the
Hall, 56, wasn’t here for KATRINA. He’s one of the few, I’m sure. But, as a
“In less than 30 days I was back on a plane to
He, like many homeless, are in “as is” condition. His chest is ribby, with wispy grey hair. He could use 25-30 pounds. A crucifix hangs from his neck. Hall isn’t the only one who sleeps outside with a faith in a god.
He came to
Carl Davis was the same way. “He’s out of DC, ah, I can’t remember the guy’s name” kind of thing.
It’s one of the most difficult things about learning their stories. Truth is, often Davis and Hall probably remember only half of their own.
But, Hall came here as a musician. A percussionist, he says. Like
When he feels bad, Hall says he just wants to go away. He understands his problems.
“I need medication,” he says.
Problem is, there aren't many here to prescribe it.