New Hampshire homeless has message for candidates

New Hampshire homeless has message for candidates
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In Manchester, New Hampshire, Tony, an 18-year old homeless man lives under a tent downtown. This Presidential primary week, he sat on Elm Street holding a sign which asked for help:  “Homeless, Need help, No Drugs or alcohoal (sic) God Bless.”

He was collecting donations from sidewalk passerby’s and anyone willing to help or give a donation. He used the funds he raised to purchase Sterno gel fuel, so he can stay warm in his tent at night.

Just a few blocks away, presidential candidate Gov. Jeb Bush spoke about poverty. He said 63% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and 60% of Americans can’s afford a $500 a month car payment.

Tony knows the presidential candidates have been campaigning in Manchester and thinks a lot of people, including most of the candidates, don’t really think about the homeless.

“They think about how to make the rich, richer and the poor, poorer,” he said. “There’s not a lot of help out here, there’s resources but not help.”

Tony said many people walking by assume he’s an addict and that’s far from the truth.

“I’ve been homeless for four years and I have never been an addict of any sort, it’s just been really tough to get on my feet,” he said.

 

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