Person First Project – Elijah


Person First Project is a photo blog that seeks to give those currently or formerly experiencing homelessness in D.C. the chance to share their stories. In doing this, we hope to reduce the barriers that separate people in D.C. and spark a dialogue. The Person First Project aims to connect us – and to make us all feel a bit more human.

“At the age of 13, I basically, I started a life of crime. I started selling weed. I was hustling other things. And I was using weed. I used to live and I lived to use. My being able to go to meetings and talk to my sponsor has allowed me to change some.

My biggest fear is failure. Well no, I’m gonna say success. I’m afraid of it because I’ve never had it. I want to go back to school. I plan on going back to school in the spring to study business administration.”

-Elijah (interviewed in Shaw)

Author’s Note: Elijah’s housing status is unknown