Being homeless in Madera

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Advocate Vernon Price describes life without an address, often with no shelter, and says he will continue speaking out

Vernon Price, a self-described advocate for the homeless, has made a name for himself in Madera, and it hasn’t always made him welcome.

“I am sorry if I am (considered) a nuisance,” Price said. “But that’s OK, because it’s worse to be homeless and be ignored. And I am not going anywhere else. Somebody has to speak up for the homeless in Madera.”

Price, 41 and homeless himself, said he recently lost a feud with the county and Zak’s Security over his preferred living spot at the bottom of a covered, exterior stairwell of the former library building along Yosemite Avenue.

“It wasn’t much (of a spot to sleep) ... but I had lived there about a year and a half without bothering anyone. Then they decided they wanted me gone. I don’t know who, exactly, or why they cared. They even cut the old metal roof cover off the stairwell, and removed the (attached) old tables and metal benches from out in back of the building, near the alley. Probably all ... just to get rid of me,” Price said...

 

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