Signs for the Homeless

An exchange project for homeless people
by artist Kenji Nakayama & Christopher Hope

The mission of signs for the homeless is to raise awareness and help for the homeless through exchanging hand painted signs, and sharing the narratives of the homeless around the World.

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?

Four years.

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.

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    Beautiful project.
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    I had this idea years ago…happy to see somebody did it…but mad at myself for not actually doing it…
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