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  • - [Videographer] Eddie and Constance.

  • - Sure is.

  • - [Videographer] We're here in the Valley

  • I don't even know where

  • - We are in Receda.

  • - [Videographer] Receda

  • and you guys are homeless.

  • There's a VW bug

  • parked right next to me

  • where one of you sleeps

  • and the other one is in project room key.

  • - Yeah.

  • - [Videographer] Tell me about homelessness.

  • - Oh man, it's everything.

  • I, you know,

  • we've literally survived a lot of conditions.

  • You know,

  • I've lived in the bamboo

  • and then in the basin,

  • everywhere in the basin,

  • You know, off the freeways.

  • It's a lot of, you know.

  • Homeless,

  • would you say anarchy living,

  • apocalyptic living,

  • it gets rigorous.

  • - Nobody wants you out here that's for sure.

  • - You know, your a liability for sure.

  • - Community doesn't want you out here.

  • - [Videographer] Well you guys don't want to be out here.

  • - We don't want to be out here

  • and you know, trying to get anywhere off the streets,

  • once you're out here

  • it's really hard to get back off the streets.

  • Project room key was a great help for,

  • like yup.

  • Unfortunately, I don't think they could house

  • as many people as they took on to,

  • You know, give rooms to.

  • Or at least not in the timeframe they had.

  • I'm still over there at the, Super8

  • hoping that I will find housing,

  • but I've been out here with Ed

  • Cause he's not housed anymore with a room.

  • So I've stayed out here for a day or two

  • go back and check in.

  • I haven't been there much.

  • It's tough

  • We don't want to end up back out here.

  • Cause three years was more than enough

  • of living in rainstorms,

  • torrential, rain and cold

  • and all that awful hunger

  • and freezing and not really being welcome anywhere.

  • Trying to use a bathroom,

  • forget about it,

  • anything like that,

  • trying to stay clean,

  • it's just really hard.

  • Getting robbed all the time

  • for everything we have.

  • Getting ripped off left and right, yeah.

  • - [Videographer] Take a little bit this way,

  • the sun's not working with us

  • - It's moving?

  • (laughing)

  • - [Videographer] You're fine.

  • So Ed, you were saying,

  • you slept outside so much

  • when you finally got into a hotel room with a bed,

  • it took you a while to get used to it.

  • - Yeah, it took me a minute.

  • I mean it was like,

  • I couldn't believe,

  • I have nothing really bad

  • to say about project room key.

  • I was astounded,

  • it was a jaw dropping experience.

  • The five-star room executive type suite

  • and i was like,

  • and I literally could not sleep

  • like, laying down for a while.

  • It took me a while.

  • You know, whatever, I guess that's weird,

  • - [Videographer] So they put you in a nice place?

  • - Yeah, it was, they were very

  • accommodations were four or five star.

  • - They fed us three times a day.

  • - The food was good.

  • - You know, they did what they had to do

  • for the COVID and, yeah.

  • - [Videographer] And for those that don't know

  • project room key is

  • is a California program

  • to help you guys that were living,

  • cause you were in a tent before that?

  • - Right.

  • - If we had one

  • and it didn't get stolen.

  • - So you were a, you were in a tent

  • and then they put you in a hotel

  • to help keep you

  • from catching COVID.

  • - Right, correct. We were actually behind

  • off of Burbank in the 405

  • behind where there's best Western there and a target.

  • I think there's a coin place right there.

  • We were behind the the coin place,

  • You know we had a compound

  • there was a lot of people

  • it was,

  • after you get so many people

  • in a situation like that

  • it really becomes a liability in the community.

  • And it's not good

  • You know, it's a good thing the housed us.

  • And now we're back in the same situation

  • and it's happened to a lot of people

  • I don't know.

  • We're back in the same situation I guess.

  • I don't know, who can I blame?

  • - Yeah. It's still there until what?

  • January 31st it ends?

  • Is that when it's ending?

  • - [Videographer] I dunno,

  • let's hope it because COVID is getting

  • - Worse

  • - [Videographer] Worse. Let's hope they extend it

  • or better yet find you guys housing.

  • Cause then they housed both of you.

  • - Yeah. That would be wonderful

  • - I would be willing for a shelter right now, anything,

  • but I could survive out here its okay.

  • - [Videographer] Well you guys have been together

  • as a couple for 12 years

  • - Correct, that's right. - Yeah.

  • - [Videographer] and it's hard to be separated.

  • - Yeah, it is.

  • - and the sector separates you guys,

  • - Yeah.

  • - [Videographer] Which is crazy,

  • - Yeah.

  • I tried to bring him into the room one night

  • and they flipped out

  • like I was committing

  • a capital murder or something.

  • They were like "you get down here right now!"

  • I'm like man it's freezing out.

  • It's 3:00 AM.

  • He needs a place to sleep

  • It was the first night.

  • And I was like,

  • "he needs a place to be out of this weather

  • until he can get some blankets"

  • cause he wasn't able to go back

  • and get any clothes or blankets

  • or anything from his room.

  • They packed all his stuff up,

  • which we have yet to go get

  • cause we needed to secure a place to put it

  • and money is a big object.

  • - [Videographer] So that was one of the big issues

  • is going into project room key.

  • You got to leave a lot of your stuff.

  • - Well, yeah, the stuff that we used to camp

  • it wasn't really much of a loss.

  • I hope that most of it went to somebody that could use it.

  • I actually packed, I had a whole 'nother camp set up

  • that I packed up in the bushes

  • and gave it to some guy.

  • I don't know who it was,

  • but you know, whatever,

  • - we acquired a lot of stuff. - We can acquire this,

  • we can acquire this stuff again.

  • it's just, you know,

  • you become a liability.

  • That's the bad part you know, of being out here.

  • - [Videographer] So what now?

  • - I mean, trying to get housed over here

  • at the Canoga site.

  • And hopefully if I can get housed,

  • bring Ed in to the housing that I have and Clutch

  • - [Videographer] Yeah, your pup.

  • - There he is.

  • We've had him 10 years.

  • So he's not going anywhere.

  • We're used to, like I said

  • we lived in a building for 10 years.

  • We paid our rent every month.

  • Everything was cool.

  • Someone sold on us and bam

  • we were out here just like that, that quick.

  • So that was culture shock.

  • - [Videographer] So we talked about this earlier,

  • you were in a commercial building

  • that wasn't supposed to be there

  • even though you're paying somebody,

  • - Yeah.

  • - [Videographer] And you got evicted,

  • and you were there for 10 years,

  • and that's what caused your homelessness.

  • - Yeah. That's how he ended up out here.

  • So it wasn't from lack of paying our rent or bills

  • We did that every month faithfully,

  • but once 10 years went by

  • - 8 years?

  • - It was 10.

  • It was nine going on 10

  • after that many years go by

  • paying the same amount of rent every month

  • and then get out here and find out

  • how much rents went up to,

  • Oh my God!

  • And then putting all our stuff in a storage,

  • it was 600 and some dollars a month paying that,

  • which I was doing.

  • But it kind of puts you in a situation

  • where it's next to impossible

  • to get a place

  • when you're putting that much money out on storage.

  • And you're living at it's really expensive to be homeless.

  • People think it's not expensive,

  • its very expensive

  • because people steal your stuff every day

  • - [Videographer] And you don't have refrigeration.

  • - No.

  • - [Videographer] So you have to buy food every day

  • - You have to buy food every day,

  • people steal your hygiene's constantly.

  • - Put it this way, there's lot of stealing going on.

  • - A lot of stealing going on,

  • - on both sides.

  • - And We don't steal.

  • So I don't, I'm not okay with that.

  • Yeah. We don't, I don't,

  • I don't know how would you looking at me like that for?

  • cause I don't steal.

  • - Me neither.

  • - What are you talking about?

  • Clutch come here!

  • - It's a good thing to,

  • - you know, I get replacing the same stuff

  • over and over and over, it's maddening.

  • I can never go get any further

  • because I'm buying a cell phone again,

  • or the same hygiene's again,

  • or the same

  • - The one thing that bothers me most

  • about the air tells me she moved out

  • they moved around the other side of town.

  • She lost half of everything she owned,

  • and that was some expensive stuff.

  • Just disappeared.

  • - It was all my brand new stuff

  • I just bought

  • I lost it, and nobody would look for it.

  • They said, I took it.