Person First Project – Stanley

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.


“What brought me here? What happened to meet as far as being homeless— I had to be out here because me and my nephew went through a housing thing. The house boom that went flat 2007, we lost the house. We lost the house because we dealt with the wrong type of housing people.

The market went flat because of several millionaires and the banks didn’t deal with people with these loans for housing. They ended up putting people in the streets. So, it was a lot of people.

I had my company attached to the house. I had a cleaning company. I had to stop it. My nephew is fighting for the house. I am one of the witnesses. The lawyers are not telling him anything right now. He’s going through the legal services. We are still fighting through the courts.”


Author’s Note: Stanley is staying in shelters and primarily at 7th and D. We met him at the Father McKenna Center on North Capitol and K.

One Comment

  • I like these generally but this one is off for some reason. A victim of predatory lending, yes, but where is the context of fighting for the house and he is a witness? Maybe I’m missing something? Best of luck to him, I hope he can gain employment somewhere and get back a steady life.

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