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Ventura, California, July 20, 2010 - Mike Vance sits on a bench along Figueroa next to Mission Park in downtown Ventura reading a magazine. Mr. Vance has been homeless roughly since 1966, when he says he was crushed by a tree that left him unable to hold a steady job. He survives from small SSI checks and the kindness of the local Knights of Columbus Hall that allows him to sleep on their steps and occasionally feeds him. Mr. Vance likes to read and is often seen on these benches and in the neighboring park reading magazines and books people leave behind. Because of the public rest rooms in Mission Park as well as its proximity to the River it is a popular spot for the homeless in Ventura. .