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Derrick: Brownsville, Brooklyn

Derrick, 45, who has been homeless since leaving jail, now collects change at the intersection in front of the shelter. He started smoking weed at ten and was using and dealing heroin and crack by sixteen. He showed me the scar from being shot in the leg. He still limps: "It helps for getting money."


His mom was an addict; his father, not really a factor in his life. He has spent a total of twenty years in jail. The last one ended recently and he is now clean. "I do drink a bit now and then, to be honest."


When I asked him how he wanted to be described he said with a big grin on his face, "I am a homeless man who gots style." His dream was simple: "Stay clean and get rich."


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Taken on March 27, 2012