Martin: “How are you doing today?”
Barb: “Good, good.”
M: “Are you living on the street these days?”
B: “And in my car.”
M: “What happened that you ended up living in your car?”
B: “I was gonna get an apartment. It was eleven hundred dollars. Then a dude came from Italy, he gave the landlord nineteen hundred dollars and I was back on the street, just like that. Money, money, money. They are not helping homeless people to get off the streets.”
M: “I think L.A. is completely overwhelmed. There are over forty-four thousand people without a home, just in L.A. it's crazy."
B: “I am on social security. ‘Cause I’m seventy. I get fourteen hundred dollars a month. I was a teacher."
M: “How long did you work as a teacher?”
B: “Twenty seven years. But once they retire you, you’re on your own. If your family dies off and moves away, It’s really your friends that you rely on."
M: “And to find a roommate, to share the rent in a two-bedroom?”
B: “Oh yes. See when you talk about two bedrooms as opposed to a one bedroom or a studio, you’re talking three or four grand. And then you have to worry about a roommate leaving you in the lurch.”
M: “You seem like a happy person, despite your struggles. How long have you had your dog?”
B: “ Two years, I rescued him." .
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