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.

June 2013, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA (“The Pit”)

Name: Bobbi

Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Cambridge, MA. 

How old are you?
  52 years old.

How long have you been homeless?

Since 2011.

How did you become homeless?

I was in a relationship where my partner was the primary bread winner, and I was a stay-at-home common law spouse. He was very abusive. After a while, the abuse got worse and worse until I finally left him. Domestic abuse is how I got here. Living outside, I found that a lot of women and teens are homeless in the Boston area because they were abused by men.

Now, I usually panhandle in Harvard Square. I’m also very passionate about Occupy Boston and the work that they do.

What is your biggest struggle being homeless?

Finding safety and shelter. I sleep outside because the shelters are nothing but stomping grounds for predators and theives. I get attacked in the shelter. My things get stolen in the shelters in Boston. So I’ve decided to stay outside.
- C Hope
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