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South Mississippi sees the new face of homelessness

Wilson volunteers several days a week at the Seashore Mission in Biloxi, doing whatever is needed to help out. (Photo source: WLOX) Wilson volunteers several days a week at the Seashore Mission in Biloxi, doing whatever is needed to help out. (Photo source: WLOX)
The saying that many people are one paycheck away from homelessness is quite often true. (Photo source: WLOX) The saying that many people are one paycheck away from homelessness is quite often true. (Photo source: WLOX)
Wilson's home is now a covered pier on the Back Bay. (Photo source: WLOX) Wilson's home is now a covered pier on the Back Bay. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Kevin Wilson, 43, arrives at the Seashore Mission in Biloxi on his only form of transportation; a bicycle. Most of his possessions fit in a small bag. His home is now a covered pier on the Back Bay.

His life changed when he recently lost his construction job.

“Unfortunately, I'm out of work. Due to no income, I'm back on the streets, and so basically I'm in transition,” Wilson explained.

He is an example of the new definition of homelessness.

“It's not the person that begs, holding up a cup, asking for money. No. That's not what homelessness is all about,” Wilson said. “Homelessness is about people who have fallen on hard times and are trying to get their way off the streets.”

The backgrounds of his street comrades might surprise you.

“I find it very remarkable to see people that are very educated and have those types of college degrees and walking the streets just as well as I am,” said Wilson.

Those who come to Seashore Mission with donations are troubled by the apparent lack of compassion by some. One of them is Caryle Lena.

“They don't see what's inside their hearts. They don't know that they're lost. They don't know that at one time, they had a home. They had a family. They had a life. They just need someone to give them a hand, that love and that caring that they need,” Lena said.

The saying that many people are one paycheck away from homelessness is quite often true. The Rev. Judy Longo is the pastor at Seashore Mission.

“Last week, we had three or four couples that came out, and they had just lost their home, and they were in shock. So, they represent people that are homeless,” Longo explained.

Wilson has a message for those who might think less of him.

“Please don't judge me, and please don't have negative feelings towards me. Again, understand the situation,” said Wilson.

He is not giving up.

“I do what it takes to keep myself moving forward. Some days are easier. Some days are not so easy,” Wilson said.

Wilson volunteers several days a week at the Seashore Mission in Biloxi, doing whatever is needed to help out.

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