V-"Money Brings a Taste of 'Real Living" - Neil Henry - Washington Post

V-"Money Brings a Taste of 'Real Living" - Neil Henry - Washington Post

by: Neil Henry | publication date: May 1, 1980 | Publication: The Washington Post | pages: 1

As far as a bum was concerned, hotels such as the Edison were funhouses compared to the mission, and whenever my peers came across a little cash they immediately checked into the joint for a way or two of real living. Here, they could drink in the hallways, flirt with women, go in and out at night to savor The Block, and sleep much later than they could at the Helping-Up missions, where everyone was awakened and booted out the door at 5:30 every morning.

Neil Henry describes how the bums at Helping-Up mission let loose at the Edison hotel and frequent local peep shows when they earn some money.