Feb. 2013, Central Square, Cambridge, MA
Name: Angela Douyon-Previlon
Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Boston, MA.
What was it like growing up?
It was very hard growing up in poverty in Boston. I have three siblings on my mother’s side and twenty five siblings on my father’s side. I was in the care of my family until I was nine and then I was put into social services until I was twenty-one. I stayed in a group home until I was fifth-teen and then bounced from family to family until I was twenty-two.
How long have you been homeless?
How did you become homeless?
I just got tired of living under other people’s rules. I was staying with my sister. However, my sister was very abusive and stabbed me in the head during a fight. Obviously, I could not stay with her so I am now on the street.
How do you get through the cold winters?
I always try to find a safe, warm place. There is a safe haven in Cambridge on Broadway St. I go there sometimes.
What is your biggest struggle being homeless?
Being depressed. I do not like this lifestyle. I try to stay positive because you could be depressed living in the streets.