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The Working Poor

Posted: November 24, 2012 in Homelessness
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Tyrone Murray on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue, Tenlytown. (Photo by Henry Kerali)

Tyrone Murray on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue, Tenlytown. (Photo by Henry Kerali)

By Henry Kerali

Since the start of the ‘Great Recession’, the homeless population has increased significantly. In a recent study by the Metropolitan Washington Council, 6,954 people in the District of Columbia are homeless. This is a six percent increase from 2011 where there were 6,546 people living without homes.

Despite the District’s falling unemployment rate, homelessness in the region continues to be an endemic problem. Of the 6,954 people who are homeless, 16 percent of single adults are gainfully employed. Tyrone Murray, 54, is a ‘Street Sense’ vendor, who works on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and River Road in Tenlytown. ‘Street Sense’ is a newspaper written and distributed by the homeless. Murray represents a class of what’s known as the working poor.

For more about the ‘Street Sense’ vendor, click on the feature below. D.C. Work Rate’s Henry Kerali depicts a typical day in the life of Tyrone Murray.