A homeless web developer distributing resumes at a Bay Area junction has become viral this weekend after a woman posted a photo of him on Twitter.
David Casarez, 26, held a sign reading "Homeless, Hungry 4 Success, Take a CV," at a crossroads on Friday. After a woman saw him, she took a picture of him and another of his resumes and asked people on Twitter to help him in a tweet.
Casarez told NBC Bay Area that he had moved to the region last September to become a startup start. The graduate of Texas A & M University has been working since 2014 and became a web developer in 2016 following his resume.
But the cost of living near Silicon Valley and the difficulty of getting a job quickly drove Casarez into his own Van to live. He then lost the van because he could not pay for it, and now lives in a park.
"All I wanted to do was notice for one person, take my resume and give me an opportunity," said Casarez. "This is my moment when I'm doing or doing something, I have to do something crazy."
Casarez said he had been approached by several companies in the Bay Area and other places since the woman's post on Twitter exploded ,
"I try not to take money, I really just want a job opportunity. That's all I ask," he said.
Mailed him. He will be cared for in one way or another, he probably does not even need us. Anyone else with so much courage and rush send me my way. https://t.co/RnAiNd3pfr
– Austen Allred (@AustAllred) July 28, 2018
Casarez's story was considered by some to be an inspiring narrative – he was known for his goings-on and He praises his actions by giving his CV to people instead of asking for money.
But his situation also uncovers Silicon Valley's mistakes and shows how developers and other workers eager to join the tech industry are suffering. California is currently in a real estate crisis, especially in the Bay Area, where workers have to earn four or more times the minimum wage to afford an apartment. Even for seasoned graduates like Casarez, finding a job and earning enough to live in Silicon Valley is becoming increasingly difficult.
Silicon Valley is a double-edged sword. Where it has helped many to succeed at the same time, many have become homeless or have a difficult time surviving. I feel the pain of this man.
– Zubair Maqsood (@ ZubairMaqsood11) July 28, 2018
I got stuck in the hot tub in Silicon Valley. After three years, I finally landed something stable that will help my career. I understand his pain, which is why I was determined to help
– FullMakeup Alchemist (@ jaysc0) July 28, 2018
Thank you for your message. I've been almost homeless a couple of times (not over the top). Money for food and no room to rest is really annoying – it's so awful. My heart is serious about these guys.
– Justin Leo Kennedy (@laptop_unlearn) July 28, 2018
Casarez thanked the woman for publishing her story and her people for her support on Twitter.
Thank you all for the overwhelming amount of support you have given me! No amount of good deed could ever repay that debt. I respond to each and every one of you who came across my inbox with a meticulous response. Thanks for the support!
– David Casarez (@ DavidCasarez17) July 28, 2018