Working full-time while homeless

What does it take to hold down a job while struggling with unstable housing? And, is a job enough to find stability?

Joey Pollitt is a longtime Seattleite. He had a place in Belltown for a decade, but lost it in 2005 after he was laid off from his recycling job.

After that, Joey picked up work as a roofer and a Real Change vendor. For the past five years, he’s been employed full-time, washing dishes and doing kitchen prep at Pioneer Square restaurant Good Bar while sleeping at the nearby shelter Union Gospel Mission.

The income has been steady, but as Seattle’s rents rise, Joey says he’ll need help to find a place of his own.

By Eric Keto
Eric is a video producer based in Seattle, Washington.