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 resume and asked people on Twitter to help him in a tweet.
Casarez told the NBC Bay Area that he had moved to the region in September to start a startup. 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 finding a job quickly made Casarez into his job Van to live. He then lost the van because he could not pay for it, and now lives in a park.
"All I wanted was for a person to notice, take my CV and give me an opportunity," said Casarez. "This is my moment when I do or do something, I have to do something crazy."
Casarez said he has been approached by several companies in the Bay Area and other places since the woman's post on Twitter exploded is.
"I try not to take money, I really just want a job opportunity. That's all I ask," he said.
Casarez's story was considered by some to be an inspirational narrative ̵
But His situation also uncovers Silicon Valley's mistakes and shows how developers and other workers who want 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.
Casarez thanked the woman who had posted her story and her people for her support on Twitter.