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Taking Stock

The city has been sweeping up homeless encampments and confiscating belongings. We asked youth what they carry with them.

California Sunday
Jun 29, 2016 · 5 min read


Hear homeless youth talk about the possessions they carry

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Michael, 24, carries headphones, highlighters, condoms, soap, a ribbon, some broken glasses that serve as a mirror, and half an Italian sandwich. He keeps a pair of stones in his jacket pocket.
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Michael’s journal
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Harley met his wife, Gabrielle, hitchhiking. They list a marriage license, clothes, food, journals, dog stuff, and weed equipment among their belongings.
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Useful items are often found on or near trash bins.
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Many homeless youth have phones, tablets, and other tech to stay in touch.
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The park rangers will cruise the bluffs overlooking Ocean Beach to evict overnight campers.
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Jeremiah carries his Bible, in which he keeps a silk orchid.
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Stony, 20, lives in a car with her boyfriend and their three dogs.
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Shay with his dog, Sour Cream. Many homeless youth say their dogs are their dearest companions.

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