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Of No Fixed Address: Red Tape

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2009 | 7:32 PM

red tape, n. The collection or sequence of procedures required to gain bureaucratic approval for something, esp. when oppressively complex and time-consuming.

This is the tenth in a series of excerpts from my oral history, Of No Fixed Address: A Collection of Voices from the Streets of Chicago....

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Of No Fixed Address: The Curse of the Irish

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2009 | 4:43 PM

I used to see guys who were on the street and homeless, and I just never, you know, fathomed that it could be me one day. I just never pictured it. And I just didn't prepare myself. And it happened.

--Alonzo, panhandling outside CVS in Lincoln Park


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Of No Fixed Address: Terrorized Around the Clock

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2009 | 4:05 PM

I could tell you things that would make your hair stand on end. I could tell you stories that are--they're not even fit to print. They're so horrendous. They're so dreadful. They're so awful. They're so terrifying and terroristic that you couldn't even print things like this. That's how bad...

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Of No Fixed Address: A Christmas To Remember

(0) Comments | Posted December 25, 2008 | 3:03 PM

Crack is one of the, I think, one of the worst drugs of all. 'Cause it makes you do anything to get that high. I can take ten dollars and go to the store, get me a pack of cigarettes, six pack, and a half pint. I'm cool for the...

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Of No Fixed Address: A Real Job

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2008 | 10:29 AM

Homeless is not no joke. You think it's funny you got nowhere to go when it gets dark? And it's cold? The snakes come out at night. There's snakes out there. They will take your hat, they take your shoes. They will beat you, they get your shoes, they take...

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Of No Fixed Address: The Panhandler's Playbook

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2008 | 12:28 PM

The Bible says, "A man don't work, don't eat." And God doesn't lie, you know. His word is true, will always be true. So that's true, you know? If you don't try to go out and sew good seeds, plant good seeds, what's gonna come up? You can't take anything...

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Of No Fixed Address: God Planned It

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2008 | 4:00 PM

There's a lot of homeless women out here that are pregnant, they gonna have babies. So if they have babies, that means that's another addition to people that are gonna be illiterate. Okay? And if there's nobody speakin' up for 'em, then nothin's ever gonna be done about it.


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Of No Fixed Address: Class Warfare

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2008 | 1:31 PM

They won't even let us use the bathrooms, half these places. If we don't buy nothin'--even thought I'm a Vietnam vet--they tell me I can't use the bathroom. I fought the war for them, got shot four times, and I can't use a bathroom?

--"Downtown Dave"

This is the third...

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Of No Fixed Address: Poor Is Everybody

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2008 | 11:26 AM

A lot of these people don't wanna be homeless. You know, they want a place of they own. They wanna get they lives back together. But nobody's comin' out to help 'em. Nobody's sayin', "Well, what can I do? What can we do?"


This is the second in a...

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Of No Fixed Address: The Gospel According to Art

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2008 | 5:06 PM

See, homelessness isn't too much different from, like, family or any, you know, friendships--any other personal relationships. You're going to have to deal with a wide variety of characters.

--Mark Antony

This is the first in a series of excerpts from my book, Of No Fixed Address: A Collection of...

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Of No Fixed Address: A Collection of Voices from the Streets of Chicago

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2008 | 12:08 PM

Based on a 40-hour workweek, to afford an apartment in Chicago you need to make:

$14.12 an hour for a studio
$16.15 an hour for a one bedroom
$18.15 an hour for a two-bedroom

In Illinois, the minimum wage is $7.50 an hour.

--National Low Income Housing Coalition


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