CITY, OK //
Austin has dealt with seizures since he was 4 or 5 years old. After moving to Oklahoma City he suffered a seizure while walking down the sidewalk. He wandered into the road and was the victim of a hit and run. He was dead for some time but was brought back for a second chance at life. Austin talks with us about the struggles of living on the streets with a severe medical condition and the difficulties with getting medication.
Frank represents a population of the houseless community that is often overlooked. After Frank left prison in 2011 he attempted to buy back his old house and was unsuccessful. Frank stayed with friends until he was able to find a van to live in. Frank lives in his van which he parks at a storage facility. At night, Frank leaves the storage facility and finds a parking lot to spend the night. In the last few years, van living has become a trendy lifestyle for those with the resources to renovate and live in camper vans, but for many living in a vehicle is their only option. Frank discusses his struggles after prison, making money, and his plans for the future. #okc #okchomeless #oklahomacity #oklahoma #homeless #homelesslivesmatter #homelessness #vanlife
Stacy is very smart and easy to talk to. She has been on the streets of OKC for 2 years. She was kicked out of her home for marijuana use and had her children taken by her mother. She discussed with us the complexities of drug use amongst the homeless community and her hopes to one day to start a nonprofit that provides mental health resources for those living on the streets.
Derek was adopted and moved to OKC from North Carolina when he left home at 17. We talked to Derek just after the storms this winter. Derek was helping out others during the storm when his gloves got wet and frostbite set into his hands. Derek talked with us about the difficulty reentering society after being released from prison. #okc #okchomeless #oklahomacity #oklahoma #homeless #homelesslivesmatter #homelessness
Trey is one of the funniest, most charming people we have had the pleasure of meeting. He has been living on the street voluntarily for 1 year, hanging out with his friends. During the winter storm, Trey got very bad frostbite on his right foot. He took some coaxing but finally decided to go to the hospital to get it checked out after a couple weeks of powering through the pain. We spoke with him last week and he says that his foot is doing much better.
Coleman has spent over 2 decades on the streets of Oklahoma City. He had insects living in his skin when Sylvia Garcia found him. When we got the call we thought we were just coming to film his reunion with his long-lost sister, Vicki. We soon found out that when the cameras stopped rolling, the narrative changed. This rollercoaster of a story shows what really happened after the news crew cameras cut, and how much one single person can have an impact on another human being.
We had heard of the very well-respected “Cadillac” for months. He lived in the camps and was known to take young newcomers to the community under his wing, protecting those within LGBTQ+, those with medical and mental health issues that were overlooked. After sitting down with him, we can tell you that Cadillac lives up to his reputation. Don’t skip one minute of his interview because he calls out those that are taking advantage of the homeless and talks about the REAL change that needs to be made by Oklahoma City officials, the people who live here, and the organizations we trust to help the homeless population.
Cyrus hitchhiked from Missouri to Oklahoma and has been living on the streets in OKC for the past 5 months. Cyrus was kicked out of his home in Texas for being gay and his struggles with alcoholism. Cyrus is still looking for a place where he feels at home, and he intends to continue traveling west until he finds it. He has a dream of opening up a coffee shop with a loft above the store front. Cyrus is one of the most charismatic and kind-natured people that we have had the pleasure of interviewing, and we believe he will make his dreams happen someday.