Photographed by Anika Rice, age 18
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David Pirtle was homeless for 2½ years.
He grew up in Southern Illinois and had a normal childhood. Since he was 16 years old, David has had various jobs and has moved around a lot. He has spent time in Phoenix, near the Grand Canyon, in Las Vegas, in Manhattan, and in D.C.
David was diagnosed with schizophrenia and at age 29. Because of his illness, he was no longer able to keep a job, and he ended up homeless. On the streets, he experienced harsh conditions and violently cruel treatment, but he maintains a positive attitude. He has since been taking medications and is glad that the new health care bill was passed.
Because of the possibility of a relapse, it is difficult for David to go back to school or to have a job. But he serves on the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for the Homeless, and is very active with the group.
Others in Your Story Has a Home Here series
|Mary Virginia Abe||Angela and Nathaniel Anderson||André Colter|
|Constance Jamison||David Pirtle||Eric Sheptock|
|Jesse Smith||Terry Snead||Stephen (Steve) Thomas|