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Ali Forney

Ali Heshun Forney was an African-American gay and transgender youth who also used the name Luscious. Forney was a peer counselor of and advocate for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT youth and was killed on the street in the H ...

Jennifer Gale

Jennifer Lauren Gale was an American perennial political candidate in Texas. Gale was born in Madison, Wisconsin on April 12, 1960. She was a Democrat, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a trans woman. Gale gained fame in her adopted ...

Chris Gardner

Christopher Paul Gardner is an American businessman and motivational speaker. During the early 1980s, Gardner struggled with homelessness while raising a toddler son. He became a stock broker and eventually founded his own brokerage firm Gardner ...

Charles Gayle

Charles Gayle is an American free jazz musician. Initially known as a saxophonist who came to prominence in the 1990s after decades of obscurity, Gayle also performs as pianist, bass clarinetist, bassist, and percussionist.

Al Goldstein

Alvin Al Goldstein was an American pornographer. He is known for normalizing hardcore pornography in the United States. He was described in his obituary in The New York Times as "a cartoonishly vituperative amalgam of Borscht Belt comic, free-ran ...

Leo Grand

Leo Grand is a coder who developed the mobile app "Trees for Cars." Grand lost his job at MetLife in 2011, as well as his home, being forced on his own in New York City. In August 2013, while homeless, he was offered the choice between $100 or co ...

Faron Hall

Faron Hall was a Winnipeg man who had become known as the "Homeless Hero", after rescuing several people from drowning in several separate incidents.

Ben Hana

Bernard "Ben" Hana, a.k.a. "Blanket Man" was a homeless man who wandered the inner city streets of Wellington, New Zealand. He was a local fixture and something of a celebrity, and was typically found on the footpath in the precincts of Cuba Stre ...

Rufus Hannah

Rufus Hannah, also known as Rufus the Stunt Bum, was an American advocate for homeless rights who became known for his role in the early Bumfights videos: in 2000, while himself a homeless alcoholic, he was paid to be filmed running headfirst int ...

Ryan Hart

Ryan Joseph Hart also known as Prodigal Son, Tsuujin, The Terminator, NeriahSensei and Drrrry is a British professional fighting game player. He specialises in 2D and 3D fighter games released by Capcom, Bandai Namco, Sega, Midway, NetherRealm St ...

Raymond Lee Harvey

Raymond Lee Harvey was an Ohio-born unemployed American drifter. He was arrested by the Secret Service after being found carrying a starter pistol with blank rounds, ten minutes before President Jimmy Carter was to give a speech at the Civic Cent ...

Elmo Henderson

Elmo Henderson born April 8, 1935 is an African-American former boxer from Texas. Despite his dubious claim of a 1972 win against Muhammad Ali in an exhibition match in San Antonio, Texas, he did not become particularly well known in the boxing c ...

Per Holknekt

Per Olof Holknekt, is a Swedish fashion designer and entrepreneur. He is also the founder of several magazines and companies, the most successful of which is the clothing company Odd Molly.

Homelessness and Aging

Homelessness and aging is a largely neglected topic in the literature. There is a widespread assumption that aged homeless people are rare, but this is not true. Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom show increases in their populations of aging ...

Homelessness of Jesus

The gospels demonstrate the homelessness of Jesus lasting for the entirety of his public ministry. He left the economic security he had as an artisan and the reciprocity he had with his family and wandered Palestine depending on charity. Many of ...

Cheri Honkala

Cheri Lynn Honkala is an American anti-poverty advocate, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and co-founder and National Coordinator of the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign. She has been a noted advocate for human rights ...

Harold Israel

Harold Israel was a defendant wrongly accused of murdering a priest in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1924. The charges against Israel were dismissed by the prosecutor, Homer Stille Cummings, who later became Attorney General of the United States. Th ...

Jodi Jill

Jill was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota. In 1980, when she was nine years old, she, her parents, and her younger sister relocated to Loveland, Colorado, where the family moved into a 10-by-20-foot storage unit at Loveland Self Storage. Because the ...

Christen Christian Larsen

Christen Christian Larsen was a cripple and vagabond from Himmerland, Denmark, who had the nickname Tordenkalven. His mother was Maren Christensdatter and his father, Lars Sorensen, a house servant. He is especially known through Johannes V. Jens ...

Evelyn Lau

Lau was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 2, 1971 to Chinese-Canadian parents from Hong Kong, who intended for her to become a doctor. Her parents ambitions for her were wholly irreconcilable with her own; consequently, her home and sch ...

Leatherman (vagabond)

The Leatherman was a particular vagabond, famous for his handmade leather suit of clothes, who traveled a circuit between the Connecticut River and the Hudson River, roughly from 1857 to 1889. Of unknown origin, he was thought to be French-Canadi ...

Emany Mata Likambe

Emany Mata Likambe is a Congolese diplomat and a former Ambassador to Poland, who came to international attention when it was discovered that he was homeless and living on the streets of Warsaw in 1994, the government of Zaire having failed to pa ...

Michael Malloy

Michael Malloy, later known as either Mike the Durable or Iron Mike, was an Irish man who lived in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s. A former firefighter, he is most famous for surviving a number of murder attempts on his life by five acq ...

Glyndwr Michael

Glyndwr Michael was a Welsh homeless man whose body was used in Operation Mincemeat, the successful Second World War deception plan that lured German forces to Greece prior to the Allied invasion of Sicily. The invasion was a success, although th ...

Ed Mitchell

Edward Frederick Mitchell is a British former television presenter, business journalist and news reader, best known for his work with ITN. Mitchell was educated at Worthing High School for Boys and Durham University. He also worked for Reuters, B ...

Mole people

Mole people are homeless people living under large cities in abandoned subway, railroad, flood, sewage tunnels, and heating shafts. The term may also refer to the speculative fiction trope of an entirely subterranean society.

Bob Mosley

James Robert "Bob" Mosley is principally known as the bass player and one of the songwriters and vocalists for the band Moby Grape. Some of his best-known songs with Moby Grape are "Mr. Blues", "Come In The Morning", and "Lazy Me" from the first ...

Liz Murray

Elizabeth Murray September 23, 1980) is an American inspirational speaker who is notable for having been accepted by Harvard University despite being homeless in her high school years.

Daniel Mustard

Daniel "Homeless" Mustard is an American singer-songwriter and musician. His nickname is derived from the fact that he is homeless. He appeared on the Opie and Anthony Show after being chosen to participate in their "Homeless Shopping Spree" char ...

Anne Naysmith

Anne Naysmith was a British classical pianist who became notable later in life for sleeping rough in Chiswick, West London. She was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex in 1937. Her family moved to Hounslow, West London when she was eight. The Nay was ...

Jeff Ott

Jeff Ott is an activist, musician, author, and longtime member of the Berkeley punk community, best known for playing guitar and singing in the bands Crimpshrine, and Fifteen.

Joe Pace

Pace won a league championship with the Washington Bullets in 1977–78. On August 8, 1978, he was signed as a free agent by the Boston Celtics, but he never played a regular season game for the team.

Perivaldo Dantas

Born in Itabuna, Bahia, Perivaldo started his career with local amateurs Itabuna Esporte Clube. In 1975 he moved straight to the Serie A where he would remain until his retirement, starting with Esporte Clube Bahia. In his countrys top flight Per ...

Gary Poulter

Gary Poulter was a street performer and an American actor known for his lead role alongside Nicolas Cage in David Gordon Greens 2013 film Joe. Poulter was homeless, living on the streets of Austin, Texas when he was cast in the role of Wade, the ...

Radio Man

Radioman is the nickname of a formerly homeless man in New York City who has become widely known from making over 100 cameo appearances in a number of films and TV shows. His real name has been cited as either Craig Castaldo or Craig Schwartz, al ...

Angel Robinson Garcia

Angel Robinson Garcia was a Cuban professional boxer, who was the Latin American Super-Featherweight champion. He also fought for the Cuban national Lightweight title, but lost. Robinson Garcia was known for his large number of professional fight ...

Wandering Scribe

Wandering Scribe is a blogger who published under the name of Anya Peters, while a homeless woman. She came to the attention of the public in April 2006, when her blog was featured in an article in the New York Times and by the BBC in their onlin ...

Jozef Stawinoga

Jozef Stawinoga, also known as Fred and incorrectly reported as Josef, was a homeless Polish man who lived in a tent on the Wolverhampton Ring Road in the West Midlands, England, for nearly 40 years. Little is known about the recluse, but he is t ...

Wilhelm Stepper-Tristis

Wilhelm Stepper-Tristis was an Austro-Hungarian, Hungarian and Romanian novelist, journalist, and literary critic. He wrote his works in German, Hungarian and French. A communist militant during his youth, he actively supported the Hungarian Sovi ...

David Strackany

Paleo, aka David Strackany, is an American singer of folk music who is notable for writing a song every day for 365 days using a "half-size childrens guitar" while living out of his car and being essentially homeless. He plays acoustic guitar and ...

Street children in Thailand

Based on the definition by the Inter-NGO Programme on Street Children and Street Youth, 1983, a street child refers to "any boy or girl…for whom the street in the widest sense of the word…has become his or her habitual abode and/or source of live ...

Lee Stringer

Lee Stringer is a writer who lived, homeless and crack-addicted, on the streets of New York City from the early eighties until the mid-nineties. He is a former editor and columnist of Street News. His essays and articles have appeared in a variet ...

Jerry Supiran

Jerry Michael Supiran is an American former child actor. Supiran is best known for playing Jamie Lawson on the science-fiction sitcom Small Wonder, which aired from 1985 to 1989.

Jack Tafari

Jack Tafari, was a sometimes homeless Rastafari activist who advocated for himself and other homeless people, in the US and the UK. He was best known for promoting "sanctioned tent cities" as transitional housing for homeless people, including hi ...

Death of Kelly Thomas

Kelly Thomas was a homeless man diagnosed with schizophrenia who lived on the streets of Fullerton, California. He was beaten to death by six members of the Fullerton Police Department, on July 5, 2011. Thomas was taken to St. Jude Medical Center ...

Lucky Thompson

Eli Lucky Thompson was an American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist. While John Coltrane usually receives the most credit for bringing the soprano saxophone out of obsolescence in the early 1960s, Thompson embraced the instrument earlier than C ...

Thomas Van Orden

Thomas David Van Orden was an American lawyer who challenged the constitutionality of displaying the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Texas Capitol under the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Van Orden v. Perry, 125 S. Ct. 2854 ...

Dorangel Vargas

Jose Dorangel Vargas Gomez, known as "El comegente" and the "Hannibal Lecter of the Andes", is a serial killer and cannibal in Venezuela. He was a homeless man who used to hunt passersby at a park in the city of San Cristobal, Tachira. Once he wa ...

Jackie Wallace

Jackie Wallace is a former American college and professional football cornerback. He played college football at the University of Arizona from 1970 through 1972 and in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Colts, and L ...

Richard Leroy Walters

Richard Leroy Walters was a jet propulsion engineer who died homeless in Phoenix, Arizona and left a bequest of million to charities, including National Public Radio and the Mission of Mercy, in Phoenix. During the Korean War he served in the Mar ...