What if you could stop paying rent? That was the question one young Los Angeles man asked after he faced mounting student debt and costly medical bills.
So he decided to get creative. For the last two years he’s lived in his truck.
“It’s a prevailing perception in our culture that you’re a failure if you live in your car. I’d kind of like to change that,” he said.
He won’t let Fusion share his name or show his face, fearing his unusual lifestyle could scare away employers. But he says that making the choice to be “home-free” has made him happier than ever.
His custom-rigged pickup truck has bedding to sleep, a stove to cook, a closet and a fully-stocked book shelf. He even has a solar panel to charge his electronics. He parks his home wherever he wants — often right by the beach.
“I was working 60 hours a week, working two jobs, to keep an apartment that I barely had any time to spend in. It didn’t make sense to me,” he said. “The rules that you maybe have lived by your whole life might not apply to what your ambitions, your dreams and your true beliefs are.”
Credit: Bradley Blackburn and Joanna Suarez