Lakenya Lomax, 45
William and I converged when we were working as caregivers in a retirement home about 20 years ago. I was living with my sister and he started announcing and asking for me. I was always out because I’d moved to a position at Burger King and was singing in a choir, but one day out of the blue he questioned my sister if I was single. Our first date was the plaza and a movie. Afterwards I assembled his two sons from his previous marriage.
It grew my first serious relation. A few months later my brother-in-law asked a question to leave and I moved in with William. It was fun. We were in our own situate and had his boys with us. I would watch him play his video games, sometimes I’d play too. He was adoration and cared about me. After two years we got married. We couldn’t render a wedding dress so I wore plain clothes.
While we were living together, William didn’t like the duty he did, so he cease. I was still at Burger King. When a brand-new handling fellowship took over our construct, they caused the payment to route more than we could render and we got evicted.
We became homeless on Valentine’s Day 2014. It’s the first time I’ve been homeless. I is likely to be go into a shelter but most don’t take duos without children and I don’t want us to get divided up. We’re in a camp on the leading edge of Seattle. I haven’t really looked for occupation as I don’t have the bus fare to go into the city.
William Lomax, 53
When I first encountered Lili, I realised she can pretty much get on with anybody. She’s definitely not shy. It took us a while to get married because neither of us could afford the licence. But we eventually managed it.
As a child, my mother and I moved cities a lot and at times were homeless, but this is the longest I’ve been homeless for. The rental tolls in Seattle are ridiculous.
Like every couple, Lili and I have our ups and downs. Whenever we get into an debate, I walk away until I cool down. Sometimes I amble a pretty long time. But the most important thing is we always apologise to each other.
She wants to get out of this camp and into an accommodation and I’ve pretty much been working on it. I go online to witness what rentals are available and while I’m there I look for work. But she tells me I shouldn’t work because I’m not young anymore and I have a bad centre. She tells me to try to get on social security but I’m stubborn and I’ve never give people hand me concepts on a silver dish. I’ve been a school janitor, a commissary on an air force basi, I did some prep cooking.
I never think about giving up. If there’s a room out there for us, rely me, I’ll find it. If there’s a activity, I know I’ll get that as well.
Lakenya and William are still living at Camp Second Chance.