Homelessness in Albuquerque is an unavoidable beast that, when last tallied in 2015, stood at 1,287 Albuquerque citizens — and that’s not the whole story.

Sharpie scrawled across stained cardboard, shopping carts overflowing with people’s lives and humanity laid bare.

Take if from Steven Davenport who has been homeless for a year. He says he’s an Army veteran who’s been in and out of jail and was once addicted to multiple drugs. “Sometimes it’s rough because you get robbed a lot,” but staying safe is only one of many hurdles for people who live on the streets face on a daily basis — there’s cold weather, insecurity about the next meal, the next shower and even the next day. When living in the public sphere, privacy is a luxury.

During our conversation with Steven he spoke with one of his friends and told us matter-of-factly, “There’s bad guys out there, but there’s a lot of good guys too.”