WEATHER »
Dilbert O’Neil Faulkner

Nick St.Oegger

Dilbert O’Neil Faulkner


Faulkner’s Homeless Days Draw to a Close

Disabled Vet to Move Inside After Nine Years on S.B. Streets


As homeless people go, Dilbert O’Neil Faulkner is one of the luckier ones. Lucky in his unluckiness, that is.

This large, defiantly buoyant veteran has been on the streets of Santa Barbara since 2002, sleeping in a handcrafted covered wagon he calls Frankenstein, and making people laugh with self-deprecating jokes. But while accruing citations for illegal lodging (about six a year, he said) and applying for disability benefits (which he finally received), he came down with a case of basal cell carcinoma on his head that, by the time it was detected, was about to enter his skull.

That was the unlucky part.

The lucky part came when Dr. Robert Gaines, who runs the outpatient Veterans Administration Clinic in Goleta, recognized Faulkner’s cancer while doing medical street outreach with the group Doctors Without Walls-Santa Barbara Street Medicine (DWW-SBSM). To read more, see homelessinsb.org.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Federal Workers Get Utility Bill Break from Lompoc

City decides to extend utility due dates for federal employees during government shutdown.

Have a Thorny Saturday with the Rose Society

Annual Mission Rose Garden Pruning takes place January 19; volunteers invited to bring shears and gloves.

Edison Company Counter-Sues County and City

Claims they were aware of risks underlying original lawsuit.

Man on the Run Hits Car and Two People

Driving away from attempt to serve felony warrant, injures woman and child, say police.

Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 12 Years

Oxnard resident will serve time for heroin sales in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, among other charges.