W.S. Di Piero 6:30 a.m., Sept. 17
Rick: Feast or Famine at First and A
Rick Severns brought something home to me.
Not food or money, but the facts of San Diego life.
He’s homeless, after living 27 years in San Diego.
I came across Rick as he was dumpster diving near the financial district. Looking for food, anything, but finding mainly bottles and cans. I ask him how much he can make collecting.
“Oh, $8, maybe $10 a day,” he says. “But you have to stick with it. There’s a lot of us out here.”
He came to San Diego when he was five. I don’t even ask what went wrong. Why should he tell me anyway?
Turns out he’s one of nearly 10,000 people in the county who don’t have a home, one in six of them military vets. One in four are like I suspect Rick is: chronically homeless.
Easy to ask from the sidelines, but can’t we do better than this?