First, an update: Since my first Op Ed for UrbDeZine, I’ve made the successful transition in careers I aimed to achieve: on December 21st, 2016 I celebrated my graduation as a Peer Support Specialist, a position that requires lived experience and empathy to assist and empower peers in their transition to wellness from mental […]
Dear friends and supporters, this is the documentary “A Homeless Voice” by Brooks Venters featured at the KNSJ 89.1 FM website and official Facebook page. This documentary chronicles Orlando Barahona’s battle with mental illness, substance abuse, and being homeless in San Diego. Follow Orlando as he submits himself to the local mental health and housing […]
As a homeless man in San Diego for the past two years, I’ve had time to research important bits of data scattered across the local news and public resources. What are the costs of paying for emergency room visits, for the crimes brought on by destitution and vagrancy versus this idea? Let’s begin.
I’m Orlando Barahona and this is the first account of my experiences as a homeless man in San Diego. One aim in writing this editorial is to raise a sharp awareness of a homelessness crisis I have experienced that cannot be ignored any longer: men, women and entire families are on the streets or in […]