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Tent City, Ann Arbor: Mo’ Life Transitions

Mo re-sets up his tent. He had previously lived in Ann Arbor's tent city for a month before moving into a friend's. He is now back to weather the winter in the camp. Mo is orginally from Montana where he frequently camped out on his family's land. Mo says this weather will prove how much of a Montana boy he is.

Mo just moved back into his tent at the homeless community, Tent City or Camp Take Care in Ann Arbor. "My goal is to make at least five people smile everyday," said Mo the self-defined optimist. He is currently selling community newspapers in downtown Ann Arbor, selling plasma in Ypsilanti and looking into buying an RV trailer with a friend.

Mo's friend and tent city neighbor, Tate, manged to scrounge up a couple sharpies for Mo. Mo is an aspiring tattoo artist, but his portfolio and pens where stolen by his last girlfriend. "This is home to me," he said as he reset up his tent "It's all my stuff that no one will fuck with," stated Mo. "I didn't have a place, so these guys gave me one, so i try to help out (the camp) anytime i can."

Mo, originally David Slater, got his nickname from his uncle who gave him a shirt that said "Mo'Bud" a reference to the fact that Mo always had some pot on him. People would ask is he had 'anymo' bud?'. The name stuck.

Mo holds his favorite book "Go Ask Alice", a book about youth and addiction. "I try to read an hour a day cause it gets you out of your head," said Mo. He was once a drug addict himself, the oldest and black sheep of his family, Mo got into drugs really young and was kicked out of his home at 15.

Mo’ Life Transitions

David Slater, or better known to his friends as Mo, moved back into his tent in a legal homeless tent community in Ann Arbor in late November. Mo, originally from Montana, plans to weather out his first winter in “Camp Take Care.” The camp is a drug and alcohol free encampment allowed by the city of Ann Arbor to take up occupation next to I-94 and US-23.

Mo was kicked out of his home at 15 for using hard drugs. His uncle introduced him to meth at a young age. Mo hasn’t used meth in over 4 years. He is a daily pot smoker though, his name came from a shirt his uncle gave him which said “Mo’Bud”; a reference to the fact that Mo always had some pot on him. People would ask is he had ‘anymo’ bud?’. The name stuck.

Mo has also stayed at a similar tent city in Seattle. Although his life is constantly in transition, Mo always wears a smile on his face. “My goal is to make at least five people smile everyday,” said Mo the self-defined optimist. He is currently selling community newspapers in downtown Ann Arbor, selling plasma in Ypsilanti and looking into buying an RV trailer with a friend.

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