Derrick, Oakland California, ex-millionaire, became homeless after 2008 financial crash - Invisible People

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Derrick is a survivor. After losing millions of dollars in the Great Recession of 2008, Derrick's life then snowballed to living in a tent homeless in Oakland, California.

Over time, other homeless people started camping around Derrick, and a small homeless encampment grew into a tent city. I featured the tent community here:

In this video, Derrick shares a little more about his background and how the tent encampment started. The good news is in the time since I recorded this interview, Derrick qualified for a new program funded by Kaiser Permanente. Any day now he'll be moving into housing. A few weeks back, gangs broke into Derricks tent, and he lost everything again. The housing program will help with rent for a year while Derrick gets back on his feet, but he has nothing for his new apartment. If you'd like to help, please click here:

Derrick is running for mayor. You can learn more and support his campaign here:


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Shared on: 23 Jun 2020

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