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Homeless but not helpless

You have to be crazy to be a writer. Fortunately, I’m well-qualified. When you’re a freelance writer, single, and mentally disordered, homelessness is an occupational hazard. This is a series of stories I wrote for InvisiblePeople.tv about my “lived experience” as a bipolar, chronically homeless person - and staff monitor in a homeless shelter. InvisiblePeople is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to disrupting the destructive stereotypes of homeless people. These stories and rants were designed to show that homelessness is way more widespread than just the lost souls - the Invisible People - you pretend you don’t see on the streets. We walk among you. We’re the hidden homeless people you see every day. We have jobs, families community commitments - and we’re homeless, but we keep that part secret. We live illegally in tents, cars, yurts, garages,outbuildings, trailers and RVs … because there is no damn affordable housing. Below are links to the stories I wrote for Invisible People.

June 2019

My Secret Life of Homelessness

Part one, Wake-up Call - June 9, 2019 Part two, We Walk Among You - June 15, 2019 Part three, Hot Shower, Cold Beer - June, 22, 2019

July 2019

Atheist in the Foxhole - July 6, 2019 (The title is different on the site.) Rising from the Ashes Part one, My Fall into Homelessness - July 13,2019 Part two,Technically Homeless - July 20, 2019 Part three, You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee - July 28, 2019

August 2019

Homeless with Gratitude Part one, Saved by Sophia - August 3, 2019 Part two, Coming Out As Homeless - August 10, 2019 Part three, On the Trail of a Trailer - August 17, 2019 Part four, Attitude Adjustment - August 24, 2019 Part five, Home Sweet Homeless Home - August 30, 2019

September 2019

Trailers Are Viable Alternative to Affordable Housing - September 7, 2019

The Stigma Blues: Homelessness and Mental Illness - September 21,2019

December 2019

Shelter Experience Leaves Lasting Memories - December 12, 2019

Homeless ... will work for food

You'll do anything that you gotta do when you're homeless

- Guy Clark

Tom Durkin
multimedia writer-editor-photographer
Tom Durkin multimedia writer-editor-photographer

Homeless but not helpless

You have to be crazy to be a writer. Fortunately, I’m well-qualified. When you’re a freelance writer, single, and mentally disordered, homelessness is an occupational hazard. This is a series of stories I wrote for InvisiblePeople.tv about my “lived experience” as a bipolar, chronically homeless person - and staff monitor in a homeless shelter. InvisiblePeople is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to disrupting the destructive stereotypes of homeless people. These stories and rants were designed to show that homelessness is way more widespread than just the lost souls - the Invisible People - you pretend you don’t see on the streets. We walk among you. We’re the hidden homeless people you see every day. We have jobs, families community commitments - and we’re homeless, but we keep that part secret. We live illegally in tents, cars, yurts, garages,outbuildings, trailers and RVs … because there is no damn affordable housing. Below are links to the stories I wrote for Invisible People.

June 2019

My Secret Life of Homelessness

Part one, Wake-up Call - June 9, 2019 Part two, We Walk Among You - June 15, 2019 Part three, Hot Shower, Cold Beer - June, 22, 2019

July 2019

Atheist in the Foxhole - July 6, 2019 (The title is different on the site.) Rising from the Ashes Part one, My Fall into Homelessness - July 13,2019 Part two,Technically Homeless - July 20, 2019 Part three, You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee - July 28, 2019

August 2019

Homeless with Gratitude Part one, Saved by Sophia - August 3, 2019 Part two, Coming Out As Homeless - August 10, 2019 Part three, On the Trail of a Trailer - August 17, 2019 Part four, Attitude Adjustment - August 24, 2019 Part five, Home Sweet Homeless Home - August 30, 2019

September 2019

Trailers Are Viable Alternative to Affordable

Housing - September 7, 2019

The Stigma Blues: Homelessness and Mental

Homeless ... will work for food

You'll do anything that you gotta do when you're homeless

Tom Durkin
multimedia writer-editor-photographer