So many people have this stereotype view of “the homeless”

Ran into Ben the other day on Telegraph. I asked him if he had any luck finding a new place.

“No, I’ve been couch-surfing,” he said.

Ben is 76 years old and he recently got thrown out of the place in Oakland where he’d been living for like the last 20 years. Can you imagine that?? Being 76 years old and having to start all over from scratch?? Welcome to the Bay Area.

For years he had been just able to pay the rent with the combined Social Security checks from him and his wife. But when his wife passed away last month that changed everything. So now he’s scrambling to come up with a Plan B. And I hope he has one.

So many people have this stereotype view of “the homeless.” That they’re mostly just drug addicts and alcoholics and bums and mental cases. When in fact, people like Ben — and his situation — are typical of a large percentage of the homeless these days.

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Hate Man, Yoshua and Ben, having some fun on Sproul Plaza back in 1991

Popular misconceptions about “the homeless”

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Its funny, the stereotypes — and misconceptions — that so many people have about “the homeless.

My friend B.N. Duncan was a fairly eccentric-looking guy. He had a long, bushy beard down to his chest, and wild, unruly hair. And his clothes were often ragged and stained, and pitted with cigarette hole burns.

While I was fairly bland and clean-cut looking (at least compared to Duncan, ha ha).

And we’d be walking down the street together, and on many occasions, strangers would assume Duncan (who had never spent a day of his life homeless) was homeless, and offer him food or money or clean socks or etc.

While I (who had spent 13 years, and counting, homeless) rarely, if ever, received such largesse from the general public.

It’s a funny world, ain’t it??

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When my friend Moby was filming a movie about the street scene, he cast Duncan as “the homeless guy.” Unfortunately, I didn’t look “homeless” enough to get the role.

Popular misconceptions about “the Homeless”

 

 

fb_img_1492473600436.jpgIts funny, the stereotypes — and misconceptions — that so many people have about “the homeless.

My friend B.N. Duncan was a fairly eccentric-looking guy. He had a long, bushy beard down to his chest, and wild, unruly hair. And his clothes were often ragged and stained, and pitted with cigarette hole burns.

While I was fairly bland and clean-cut looking (at least compared to Duncan, ha ha).

And we’d be walking down the street together, and on many occasions, strangers would assume Duncan (who had never spent a day of his life homeless) was homeless, and offer him food or money or clean socks or etc.

While I (who had spent 13 years, and counting, homeless) rarely, if ever, received such largesse from the general public.

It’s a funny world, ain’t it??

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When my friend Moby was filming a movie about the street scene, he cast Duncan as “the homeless guy.” Unfortunately, I didn’t look “homeless” enough to get the role.