The following is a narrative examination of homelessness through the conversations and stories of two homeless men, George Waters and John “Pops” Moore, whom I came to know through my work at a Boston homeless shelter. I use a narrative style rather than a more academic analysis because my interest in the homeless was born not out of an interest in homelessness as abstract institution, but out of many conversations I came to have with actual homeless people living on the streets, in abandoned buildings, dumpsters, and subway stations. I hope, through this approach, to move past the institution of homelessness and focus instead on individual homeless people.

In: The Ethics of Homelessness: Philosophical Perspectives