The director of the homeless service center 15 Place in downtown Mobile calls them “rainbow chasers” — unemployed, sometimes unemployable, people who’ve come to Mobile in hopes of striking oil cleanup gold.
“I would say easily since the debacle began, particularly in the last 60 or 70 days, we get two new people a day,” 15 Place Director Lyn Manz-Walters said. “I’m sure every city on the Gulf Coast would tell you the same thing.”
One man took a bus from out of state to Mobile after seeing reports on TV. He firmly believed he’d be paid $1,500 a day plus per diem.
“They’re not so much stupid as they are desperate,” Manz-Walters said.