This is Dennis

Another installment of “The Invisible Ones” of Washington, DC

This is Dennis
This is Dennis

Dennis is a homeless man who has been living on the streets of Washington, DC for as long as he can remember. When asked how old he was he thought it might be around 50 or 60 he wasn’t sure. I’ve seen Dennis around the city on a number of occasions over the past year or so. He has always been too busy to talk with me, usually panhandling or selling newspapers he’s reclaimed and repurposed from the recycling bins. This morning he was just standing quietly, panhandling and listening to an old transistor radio which he found someplace or another. Dennis told me he had an appointment coming up with a caseworker to look into a permanent housing placement with an organization known as Pathways to Housing. This would be a real life changing event for Dennis. I am very familiar with Pathways and hope that they and Dennis can be a good fit. Dennis went on to say that this past Winter was especially hard for him as he almost passed out from the cold and would have frozen to death had someone not alerted the police who took him to a hypothermia shelter. Dennis rightly observes that being homeless is no place to spend your old age years. Dennis agreed to this photograph in exchange for a food voucher and a cup of coffee.

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