Update: Derrick Is Back Homeless in an Oakland Tent City



Before you all start leaving comments about Derrick wearing an Invisible People shirt, it’s all Derrick. I had nothing to do with it. Honest! Derrick and I spent the day exploring homeless encampments in Oakland and Berkeley, and this was the shirt he wore.

Most of you know Derrick from his first interview or the VR180 feature we did with YouTube on his homeless camp Derrick also helps moderate our live streams on Sunday night.

Since his first Invisible People interview, Derrick was to go into housing, but the housing organization working with Derrick was shady, and the housing never happened. Derrick was lucky to find a shared living arrangement, so he was off the streets for close to a year, but sadly, Derrick is now back outside homeless in Oakland.

At the time of this interview, Derrick was sleeping at the tent camp one full week. We were messaging back and forth on his first night, and Derrick was having trouble sleeping because the rats were too loud. Can you imagine not having any choice except to sleep in an infestation of rodents?

Derrick is amazing. He’s still running for Mayor of Oakland he’s spearheading a tiny home village, and he’s helping homeless people every day connecting them to services. Kymberli and Lenton are just one of many examples of people Derrick has helped

Driving around with Derrick, he was trying to show me tent cities. I remember telling him I have walked through tent encampments all over the country, but later the day really hit me hard. Homeless camps in Oakland and Berkley are everywhere, and they are growing. What stuck with me is homelessness like this is the future of America unless we take action now to fix the affordable housing crisis and end homelessness.

Here’s a couple that was helped by Derrick:

Evicted by Their Own Cousin Is How This Couple Ended up Homeless

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