In their home: "I prefer it this way"

Staff reports Updated: January 30, 2010 at 12:00 am • Published: January 30, 2010

Alvin “Tramp” King has been camping for 15 years “up and down the cricks,” he says, and he readily admits he’s homeless by choice.

“I prefer it this way. I have no obligations except to take care of myself and my friends. I don’t like four walls.”

He also admits to being an ex-con, and though he won’t say what he did, he owns up to it. “It was one of my choices. I ain’t gonna blame no one else. But once you’re branded, you’re branded for life.”

He can’t get a job, because he has a heart condition and seizures, so no one will hire him, he says. Yes, he drinks, “but I’m not a stupid drunk. I don’t get violent. Some of those (drunks) piss me off.”

He picks through trash bins to get enough money to buy cigarettes. “I don’t steal," he says, "but I’ll dive in a Dumpster in a heartbeat.”

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