Mixture of different reasons. See intro. I did have enough 💵 for an apartment, so poverty is not a reason. The homelessness that accompanies poverty is a different ordeal, that was not my ordeal, and it's an important distinction.
When were you homeless?
2015 Spring-Summer, after dropping out of UCLA (mostly couch-surfing)
2017 Summer for 10 days, after moving from NorCal to LA without an apartment
May 11th, 2018 —> ~June 5th, 2018 which this work chronicles.
September 1st, 2018 — Present
Where did you sleep?
Easton Softball Field
Covel Commons, various locations inside
De Neve, various locations inside
If I'm ever homeless again, I'm going to just try sleeping outside. There's more space, less people —I really underestimated how hard it would be to find a location inside without having people bother me and the worst part was it was actually gets cold inside at night! Defeats the purpose of being inside...
Why not couch surf?
I didn't want to bother asking people for help, but if I was offered help, I would take it.
Did you have a car?
Are the names of locations real?
Are the names of people real?
All guys will be called Joe Bruin #. All girls will be called Josie Bruin #. # number's are consistent across tips, they aren't random. Other names are real and included with permission from the person 😬
Some pictures and videos are taken "moment-of" the occurrence, while other photos and videos are taken after the fact for clarity and UX. If I'm in "an action scene", I likely did not take out my phone to take pictures / videos 😅