Living Without an Address

Living Without an Address #2: A Snowstorm and a Broken Heater

Encountering Murphy’s Law a few times every week for weeks on end wears both patience and stamina. When I bought my RV, I trusted the seller was telling the truth when they said it “ran like a champ.” That turned out to be false. Now it only runs with a clamp holding down a battery connector in the engine. The windshield is broken, and the exhaust pipe underneath has rusted apart to the point where it looks like it might have exploded. Had the seller described the vehicle as “for parts” or “needs repair,” I would have not bought it. READ MORE

Reddit users buy up GameStop and other stock while brokerage firms suffer

Then, on January 13, something curious happened. The price of Gamestop’s stock started going up, and kept going up. From the beginning, the users on WallStreetBets made no pretenses about their goals: they were going to bankrupt a hedge fund called Melvin Capital. A short video featuring characters from an anime called Attack on Titan showcased their goals with custom subtitles. They were going to induce a short squeeze. READ MORE
Living Without an Address

Living Without an Address 1: Preparing the way

At this time last year, I was homeless, dealing with what mental health professionals call “unrelenting crisis,” and not knowing when or if I would be able to get my life back together. My choices were to be treated like a child in a homeless shelter or live somewhere on my own. Around this time, I started making plans to live in a tent regardless of how cold it might be. I had simply had enough of the New Horizons shelter in Manchester. READ MORE

Signs of the times: Empty spaces reflect that the struggle is real for businesses

Empty buildings with “For Lease” signs posted. Previously-occupied business spaces now empty for months on end, with no one willing to occupy that space. These sights are becoming increasingly common in Manchester – and not even solely as a result of the pandemic. Some businesses have struggled to stay open, while others have taken their business out of town entirely. READ MORE
Around Town

As cold sets in volunteers step up for homeless while city and state disagree

Blistering cold winds blew through the homeless camp outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse at 300 Chestnut Street Wednesday morning. The temperature had dropped to 25 degrees overnight and still had not risen above freezing when the sun had risen. The situation was predicted to get worse- according to, the low on Wednesday night, November 18th, was supposed to be 17 degrees. READ MORE

Pandemic winter: Homeless camps and the hotel next door

Two homeless camps on the property of the Hillsborough County Courthouse have been growing in size over the last year. The first signs of the camp appeared when a handful of people slept in the open air on the corner of Merrimack and Chestnut streets. Now, after COVID-19 has wreaked havoc with the economy, the camp is up to about 25 tents with a multitude of people coming and going. READ MORE