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A Day in the Life of a Homeless Father of Four

With help from Mary’s Place, Anthony Battiste is making a home for himself and his four young sons in South King County. 

July 18, 2018

When Anthony Battiste and his wife separated, he became the sole caregiver for his four young sons. Unable to pay the mounting bills with his income as a roofer, Battiste and his boys became homeless.

But Battiste and his sons have regained some stability with help from Mary’s Place, a Seattle-based organization that assists families who are homeless. Because Battiste’s 4-year old son Abraham has severe medical needs, the family qualified for temporary housing through the organization’s Popsicle Place program, which provides temporary housing for families with a critically ill child.

As we follow Battiste and his sons during one recent day, Battiste reflects on how the family became homeless, the daily demands of single fatherhood and how he is trying to move forward from his troubled past in order to provide for his sons.

“I have so much need of me in my boys,” he says. “My boys are my life. My boys mean everything in this world to me.”


Editor’s note to readers:
The stories published here for the Seattle Day of Homelessness are a collaboration by four newsrooms — Crosscut/KCTS 9, KUOW, and The Seattle Times — to spotlight the regional homelessness crisis. The newsrooms shared data but reported stories independently. To see the coverage, visit all of our websites, follow #seahomeless on Twitter and pick up a Sunday copy of The Seattle Times


Aileen Imperial

Aileen Imperial is a multimedia and documentary producer with a commitment to thoughtful observation and engagement. Her work has aired nationally on the PBS American Masters series, PBS NewsHour, and she is a 3-time Emmy winner for feature videos in the Arts, Culture, and Human Interest. Find her on Twitter: @imperealize

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