Photographed by Raekala Middleton, age 19
Terry was homeless for ten years. He grew up in Southeast Washington, D.C., near Benning Road. As a young boy, he was very interested in cars. He attended what is now Duke Ellington High School and wanted to go into real estate. Amongst other things, he has worked for the Metropolitan Police Department. Terry went to many colleges and got a degree in Recreational Leadership from UDC. One of the reasons Terry became homeless was his depression. He lost contact with his family while he was on the streets. During this period Terry experienced a lot of discrimination because of his homelessness. He learned a lot about how to survive. Participating in a program called “Out of Poverty” helped Terry get back on his feet. He believes that the government should help fix the problem of homelessness and not close down shelters.
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