Oral Histories

Mark Anderson, interviewed by Beth Geglia on April 26, 2013

In this interview, long-time DC activist and resident Mark Andersen talks about the history of homeless advocacy in Washington DC, recounting his memories of Mitch Snyder and the struggle over the CCNV shelter. Andersen also discusses the shifts in the movement over time, the causes of persistent homelessness in DC, and the dynamics of social struggle.

Download the Interview – .mp3 / Read the Transcript – .pdf (.docx)

Read the Interview Guide –.pdf (.doc)

Creative Commons License

David Edwards, interviewed by Mary Bergman on November 1, 2012

Interview with David Edwards explores what he believes to be the causes of homelessness in Washington, DC and why homelessness continues to be such a persistent issue. Edwards recalls his work history, history as a whistleblower, and history of his own periods of homelessness. Edwards is a self-described advocate-activist and details his plan for reducing homelessness in DC. Edwards is also a poet and novelist, and shares poems and plot lines from his novel.

Download the Interview – .mp3 / Read the Transcript – .pdf (.doc)

Read the Background Journal – .pdf (.doc) / Read the Interview Guide –.pdf (.doc)

Creative Commons License

Nkechi Feaster, interviewed by Anna Kaplan on March 4, 2013

The interview with Nkechi Feaster explores what it is like to be homeless in Washington, D.C., and the discrepancies between what the homeless need and the services offered. Feaster explains the changes in services for the homeless between the late 1990s/early 2000s and the early 2010s. She also talks about her experiences in a changing downtown D.C. landscape during that time span and her current struggles living in transitional housing provided by the Rapid Rehousing Program. She elaborates on the role of self-advocating, especially through organizations like Shelter, Housing, and Respectful Change (SHARC), in promoting the changes that low-income and homeless D.C. residents need in the city.

Download the Interview – .mp3 / Read the Transcript – .pdf (.doc)

Read the Interview Guide –.pdf (.doc)

Creative Commons License

Alisa Hill, interviewed by Claire Davis on March 5, 2013

In this interview, Washington, D.C. native Alisa Hill speaks about the phenomenon of homelessness in the city.  Alisa shares her personal experiences with homelessness, including her efforts to find shelter and how being homeless has affected her relationships with others.  Alisa also discusses her advocacy efforts to bring attention to the issue of homelessness and her outreach with homeless children.

Download the Interview – Part 1 .mp3 & Part 2 .mp3 / Read the Transcript – .pdf (.doc)

Photo – .jpg/Read the Interview Guide –.pdf (.doc)

Creative Commons License

Terry Lewis, interviewed by Michael Donovan on March 21, 2013

Terry Lewis spent ten years living as a homeless person in Washington, DC. He now lives with his mother in Maryland and has employment. He was a resident of the 2nd & D shelter under Mitch Snyder’s leadership when the shelter entered into its covenant with the federal government. In this interview, Terry describes what it was like to live in various shelters in the city, as well as what it was like to spend nights on the street. He also offers his view on why people fall into homeless and, perhaps more importantly, how he thinks they may be able to get out of it. Terry’s suggestions include opinions about self-motivation, the purpose of shelters, and what the government should be doing to help people help themselves.

Download the Interview – .mp3 / Read the Transcript – .pdf (.doc)

Read the Interview Guide –.pdf (.doc)

Creative Commons License

James Shabazz, interviewed by Daniel Kerr on March 20, 2013

This is an interview with lifelong D.C. Resident, James Shabazz, whom at the time of the interview was currently homeless. He works as a street vendor during the day and spends nights at the CCNV shelter. The interview touches on the subject of homelessness in the district, development of the downtown business district, decline in street vendors, Shabazz’s personal history, his activism and other subtopics surrounding those subjects.

Download the Interview – .mp3 / Read the Transcript – .pdf (.doc)

Read the Interview Guide –.pdf (.doc)

Creative Commons License

Eric Sheptock, interviewed by Stacie Nicole Simmons on October 12, 20012

Eric Sheptock’s interview begins with his pilgrimage from Florida to Washington, DC in 2005 tracing his initial impetus to move through his current advocacy efforts as SHARC (Shelter, Housing and Real Change) chairman. Mr. Sheptock shares his insights on shelters, relationships, affordable housing as well as his personal experience as an advocate for the growing population of unhoused individuals in Washington, DC.

Download the Interview – .mp3 / Read the Transcript – .pdf (.doc)

Read the Background Journal – .pdf (.doc) / Read the Interview Guide – .pdf (.doc)

Creative Commons License
Eric Sheptock, interviewed by Alison Kootstra on October 12, 2012

This interview with Eric Sheptock, chairman of Shelter, Housing and Real Change (SHARC), includes discussion of his childhood, his experience of moving to Washington, DC, his work as a homeless advocate, reflections on the relationship between the Washington, DC homeless community and city council as well as personal analysis of past advocacy efforts and DC government decisions.

Download the Interview – .mp3 / Read the Transcript –.pdf (.doc)

Read the Background Journal – .pdf (.doc) / Read the Interview Guide – .pdf (.doc)

Creative Commons License

Chapman Todd, interviewed by Jordan Lyons and Patricia Yacob on March 25, 2013

Chapman Todd discusses his experience as an advocate for the homeless for the past twenty years.  He currently serves as a consultant for the Downtown Business Improvement District in Washington, DC.  He has also worked with Martha’s Table and DC Central Kitchen.  He addresses the importance of moving to a strategy of putting the chronically homeless in permanent supportive housing.  He also discusses difficulties with regulating food programs and reflects on the future of the Federal City Shelter building.

Download the Interview –.mp3 / Read the Transcript – .pdf (.doc)

Read the Interview Guide – .pdf (.doc)

Creative Commons License

Robert Warren, interviewed by Alison Kootstra on November 9, 2012

This interview with Robert Warren, a native Washingtonian and homeless advocate, includes a discussion of his advocacy efforts, issues DC’s homeless residents face in finding employment, the effect of elections on a the homeless population, housing as a human right, the importance of homeless self-advocacy, advocate Mitch Snyder’s legacy, and other topics as related to his personal analysis of the causes of homelessness in Washington, DC.

Download the Interview –.mp3 / Read the Transcript – .pdf (.doc)

Read the Background Journal – .pdf (.doc) / Read the Interview Guide – .pdf (.doc)

Creative Commons License

Valerie Williams, interviewed by StacieNicole Simmons on November 8, 2012

Valerie Williams’ interview traces her move to Washington, DC in 1973, her childhood experiences traveling with her family, her early years working in DC up to her current involvement with the CCNV (Community For Creative Non-Violence) and advocacy efforts in SHARC (Shelter, Housing and Real Change). Ms. Williams passionately communicates her views on the plight of the unhoused community regarding affordable housing, shelter conditions, including her is individual observations as an advocate for the growing population of unhoused individuals in the nation’s capital.

Download the Interview – .mp3 / Read the Transcript –  .pdf (.doc)

Read the Background Journal – .pdf (.doc) / Read the Interview Guide – .pdf (.doc)

Creative Commons License

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s