Dennis, an unemployed Vietnam War veteran, lives in an efficiency apartment he calls “the slaughterhouse”.
Out of work after an on-the-job accident in August 2016 injured a finger, Dennis struggles to make ends meet. Dennis had no way of being compensated for his injury so he tries to survive on about $200 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Turned away from most social service organizations low on resources, especially during the Illinois budget impasse, Dennis panhandles, dumpster dives, and does whatever else he can to find relief. He had his finger amputated so he can return to work in construction. Then he learned he has inoperable lung cancer.