Earl McCawley had been homeless in 1997; this time he’s been homeless about two years, the last few months in Colorado Springs.

“Once I was married and had my own place," he said. "I got five kids. Now I’m divorced and lost my house.”

He says he doesn’t drink or panhandle, and works at a day laborer when a job is available. He lives in an encampment in South Shooks Run Park, but used to live near Eighth Street, but said he had two tents burned.

“Kids like to pick on homeless people,” he says. When it gets really cold, he goes to the New Hope Shelter, and has this to say: “You can’t wait to get in the shelter; then you can’t wait to get out.” He wants to move south where it’s warmer.