Listen: Homelessness in one of the world's most powerful cities
"For a beach bum from Newcastle like North America correspondence Khanna Duffy, Washington's long winters are a chilling reality. But they can also mean life and death. It may be the most powerful city on earth. But within a few blocks of the White House. There is a crisis of homelessness at least seven thousand people have to bear that Washington winter without heating Khanna hit the streets to find out. More owes walking to work this morning in windstorm head down being blown around with my eyes full of grit from the streets. It's been a long winter with pole vortex and a steady stream of bad weather. If it was bugging me. How was seventy year old Warren, a cheerful homeless African American Deysi, local, I see outside the coffee stool holding up or being out here in one of those pretty hard because you have to wrestle with the elements. Sometimes it's Bourboule sometimes it's almost intolerable. So one of those really bad here a few weeks ago, we had the poll of Tex even how how did you cope with that? That was really cold. Well, I had to go through a lot of suffering out here in the col- stay as long as I can. And when I feel like I'm hype getting hypothermic or gross do frostbitten, and I have to leave, and that's how dealt with that way. Did you go roll? I went to a shelter for one night for a couple of hours that was pretty hard because shelters here not sufficient for living is inhumane of the people that initial inhumane, and they do a lot of crazy things that you really don't want to be around. So I try to void that as much as possible people with mental illness and addictions and stuff in addiction, mental illness, a lot of self despair, a lot of anger, so. Those things spill out on other people. And if you don't want to become a fraud that Govett, then you have to just try to bear around as much as you can in a rapidly gentrifying CD homelessness is a big local political issue. Warren became homeless in his sixties. The retied cook was lift bankrupt after an emergency hospital trip. His wife did not survive an-and unsheduled, he proclaimed himself. He didn't have insurance and things spiraled out of control in America. The safety net is full of holes that in an every day. Mishaps everyday misfortune. You know, you never know when it's going to knock on your door. And that's why notably optimistic rather than pessimistic because you're here one day, and you're living in a normal part of society and the next you find yourself in adverse situation, which caused you to change your thinking. And how it's changed. My thinking is I met a lot of people here that are homes I've never been homeless. And now, I see them from a different mindset before it's not lazy bumped you get a job. You know, why can't they do this? But life is not always that way. Warren's nine luckily, he's enthusiasm and blessings for the papal that poss- by him on what he calls his shift on straight. It's an attitude. He's kept up all through winter. And it makes me a little embarrassed. At my grumblings about the cold. The conditions are on the street are. Actually what you make of it. Probably like everything else in lot. Yeah. Yeah. Well, if you don't put anything in no deposit, no withdrawal. So you have to deposit. Something mind is the better part of my nature that I can rent it to the public looking for the better part of their everyone has shortcomings, and so I don't allow myself to become despondent. You know, because there's no one's fault situations occur, you know, and hopefully interchange DC's men Muriel bowser has a plan to in timelessness, but even a casual visitor to the CD wound notice the tainting Kant's. There's so many people sleeping rough. They stiff competition for the best corners for panhandling. And they divided up into blocks of time during the day. Warren noise, it'll be tough to break the cycle, but he's staying positive and at the very least another winter is close to ending will. There's not enough services as far as getting off the streets concern there available, but it takes on a receive it and tell a lot of people just give up in despair before they have a getting I feel like that sometimes, but I try to fight it and just bear it out eventually being optimistic. Something is gonna change and hopefully foot hopefully for the better because you always same in pretty good spirits when say in the morning. Well, that's something. I have to continue to teach myself. You know, it's not just about individually an individual this about a community. And so if I'm not in good spirits and helping aiding the community, then the community doesn't assists me, and that's not productive. And Warren my hands are getting really cold just holding the microphone out. He so you must be pretty Cain for it to warm up and spring to come as well. Oh care. Wait. I can imagine Kona Duffy they reporting from very chilly, Washington DC."