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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.

None

“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?

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