Homeless In Search Of The American Dream | Cleveland, Ohio | Cleveland Daily Banner
In the morning shade of downtown Johnston park in Cleveland sit many nameless, wandering, street people — men and women — wondering, Where is my American Dream and how will the worsening economic nightmare end?
Homeless but not hopeless, most of them said they want to work and get back on their feet as contributing citizens to their community. To do so, however, they suggested changes to meet their immediate needs.
Although several declined to be photographed and preferred not to use their real names, one man who described himself as “fed up and frustrated,” agreed to put a face on the homeless in Cleveland and spoke candidly about his impoverished condition and its consequences.
Mitchell Coleman, a Cleveland native, found himself out of work, out of money and out of options, which led to a life on the streets to etch out a living.
“I was born and raised here in 1961 — on Industrial Park and 20th Street and I’ll tell you what — I’ve never seen the economy and the work industry this bad,” he said. “I’ve worked my whole life. I worked at Larry’s Car Wash half my life. Now I’m sitting around doing nothing. They need to create jobs because it’s beginning to create crime.”