There are more than 6,000 homeless people in Santa Barbara County. Meet some of them on the HomelessBlog.
A self diagnosed nomad, Mr Freckles is part of a small collective who hang out on State Street in Santa Barbara. Of all the travelers I’ve met in Venice Beach and Downtown LA, these guys are not in good shape. Despite the rumors, Santa Barbara is not a great place to be homeless. The services are inaccessible, the shelters are… shelters.
Cops have focused on Mr Freckles, Harp, Smiley, TJ and the others. They were spending a of time on State Street where there’s a lot of stores and tourist foot traffic… or at least they were. I haven’t seen them for weeks.
Homeless Blog is a ongoing series of profiles of the houseless in Santa Barbara, CA.