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Letter: We don’t choose to be homeless

I am a 19-year-old homeless guy you’ll often see on Main Street holding a sign “Homeless, Anything will help.” A lot of us don’t choose to be homeless. We make it in life with a tent and a sleeping bag. We stand outside in the pouring rain and blizzards just to get that little extra in life. It’s the desperation in our life that drives this.

Some people go overboard with things and yell, but not most. One person referred to us as “eyesores,” as people too lazy to work. I would love to work. I would work for almost nothing. The only reason I can’t get a job is because I’m homeless, and that goes for a lot of people.

I’ve never seen, in New Hampshire, people stop cars and demand money. We’re not savages. We’re residents of Concord, just like you. Just in different situations. Different lives. We usually only make $20 to $30 panhandling. Occasionally more or less. It kills me seeing people who have never been this low in life deciding our fate. I just think there is more to look into before decision are made.


(The writer is an inmate at the county jail.)

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