Stephen Millhouse

Formerly homeless vet arrives in SF as part of walk to raise awareness

Stephen Millhouse already knows what it’s like to walk in a homeless man’s shoes — he lived out of a car and storage units for six years.

But this year, he’s walking 1,460 miles — the distance he says an average homeless person walks in a year in search of food, shelter and work — to encourage people to do more to help the homeless.

“The biggest thing I want people to hear is this is a social issue and demands a social solution that requires people to participate hands-on, to volunteer,” said Millhouse, 53, a military veteran who served in the Marines for four years.

On Wednesday, after more than one hundred days on the road, Millhouse crossed the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.

Millhouse encountered a problem while trying to cross the bridge — the pedestrian pathway is under construction and he was unable to pass by foot. But the wheeled cart Millhouse is pulling on his trip qualified him to use the bicycle lane and he was able to make it across.

Millhouse began his journey in Montana — where he got back on his feet and works at a children’s theater — and is destined for Los Angeles, where his experience as a homeless man began. He is trying to raise $1 million for organizations that support the homeless by asking people to donate $14.60 — a penny per mile.

But with only $2,500 collected and almost 400 miles from his destination, Millhouse has a ways to go.

sgantz@sfexaminer.com

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