A few weeks ago, my editors urged me to spend a day chronicling the homeless encampments that have become increasingly visible here.
One of the folks I met stayed with me. His name is Mac Oson and he lives under a Friars Road bridge.
But that description doesn’t really do it justice. Oson and his roommates have made the space into an elaborate set-up complete with a kitchen, rooms and decorations. And Oson’s quick to share it. He offers temporary shelter, meals and even haircuts to those in need.
His life there is uncertain, though. The bridge is surrounded by large Mission Valley apartment complexes and one’s urging Oson to move out. Yet Oson and others in the camp don’t believe a shelter would be an improvement over what they’ve created.