Lee says he sees himself as a leader protecting those around him without shelter, and that the sense of community is vital to surviving life on the streets in the winter. “We all do something to pitch in. Some bring food, some bring blankets, some bring medicine, whether it be a bottle to help keep us all warm at night or a little bit of pot. You know what I'm saying? It's real out here. 90% of the people in this town can't handle it,” he said. For outsiders, he says a little bit of empathy goes a long way. “Talk to us like we're human,” he said. This episode with Jordan Blevins and Prince Nesta is from our archive Our Town Reno interviews, now in podcast form.