More than 7,000 homeless live in Washington, from the woman living in a cardboard and duct tape structure near the White House to the panhandlers working K Street.
John Gillis wakes up every morning at 5 a.m., showers, gets dressed and then shares breakfast with maybe 100 other men. He steps out of the old school building where he lives and heads for a local coffee shop for some caffeine. “That’s the real alarm clock,” Gillis said. Then he’ll head to the library and get to work. That means writing.