Homeless Man Who Went to Law School with John Roberts

A Life Spiraling Downwards Due to Mental Illness

Homeless Man Who Went to Law School with John RobertsThe front page of the July 13th Washington Post featured the story of a man experiencing homelessness who studied at Harvard Law School with District of Columbia (D.C.) Superior Court Judge Thomas Motley and Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.

As individuals working to end homelessness from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. this week for the National Alliance to End Homelessness annual conference, this timely, excellent and thorough piece chronicles the life of Washington D.C.’s Alfred Postell. He has been homeless for 30 years and struggles with mental illness.

Postell’s story is a reminder the face of homelessness and mental illness in America includes many with higher education, past careers and strong family support.

Writes Post reporter Terrence McCoy,

“Postell then loses himself in memories: ‘I lived in an apartment building in Presidential Towers. I could be considered a cave dweller. I had a balcony. A balcony on the top floor. An apartment on the top floor of the Presidential Towers. I could be considered a cave dweller.’”

He said.

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