The hobo now works at Amazon

http://www.startribune.com/close-light-rail-for-late-night-work-displacing-homeless-riders/509140242/

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5am the floor – No More Heroes: 11 of 11 snapshots of a cold night on the streets in MN

We have a culture of charity that normalizes destitution and legitimates personal generosity as a response to major social and economic dislocation. Of course, when food, housing and other basic needs become a gift instead of a right, they are subject to all of the prejudices of the generous. The gift can be taken back from those who are not deserving or grateful enough.

-from the book No More Heroes

The story is not the helpers or givers

1:50pm Shopping St. Paul – The cost of suffering: 10 of 11 snapshots of a cold night on the streets in MN

It was hard to get any sleep in the Union Depot on the last night they were open. Cub Foods staff are nice and lets him warm up many days. The cost of being without shelter is not only felt in the heart and mind. His dream is to buy a few acres and build a log cabin.

5:02am Twin Cities Metro Transit light rail – The Winter Carnival Prince: 9 of 11 snapshots of a cold night on the streets in MN

“I was born and raised in St. Paul”, he said with pride. “I was a basketball champ and Winter Carnival Prince.”

I told him not to remove the roof over his head just to talk to me. Even on the trains, it’s cold.

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3:30am Hilton Hotel, Minneapolis young, pregnant and schizophrenic: 8 of 11 snapshots of a cold night on the streets in MN

I was picking up staff from CBS News at 3:30am at the Hilton next to WCCO in Minneapolis. This young lady was walking down the street seeking warmth. Someone had given her a hotel room key, tempting. She rode with us to St. Paul.
Bootstraps? nope
Family? nope
We have a choice, wrap her like a blanket in help or not.