Down and Out on The Hill

Down and Out on The Hill: Homeless in the Nation's Capital recounts the story of a 25-year-old Capitol Hill intern who suddenly becomes homeless and desperately accepts a job waiting tables at a seedy diner in a forgotten D.C. neighborhood. This true story takes an almost deadly turn when the author is held at gunpoint, then shot in the chest by a 15-year-old.

If during your dream internship you became homeless, would you have packed up and headed back home? Or, would you have stuck with it and waited to see what happened? J. Wade Miller's desire for success betted on an internship in Congressman Alan Grayson’s office opening major doors for him. So, he stuck with it. Down and Out on The Hill is his story.

In Down and Out on The Hill, J. Wade Miller journals his experience as a homeless intern in the nation’s capital. It starts with his first day in D.C. and concludes with him testifying in an attempted murder trial in D.C. Superior Court.

He describes couch surfing for nearly two months and interning in the office of one of the richest members of Congress while homeless. He also muses over being interrogated by the Secret Service for attempting to pay with counterfeit money (don’t worry–the money was indeed NOT counterfeit). He describes the months he waited tables at a local diner with coworkers and customers who can only be characterized as “peculiar.” Lastly, he tells the story of being shot in the chest by a 15-year-old and the 24-day hospital stay that came next, which resulted in a $197,125.86 hospital bill. 

A one-of-its-kind book, Down and Out on The Hill is a gut-wrenching true story of survival against all odds. This inspiring, timely, thought-provoking piece journals J. Wade Miller's struggle to pull himself out of homelessness. Just as his life is on the upswing, he runs into a marauding mob of youths and barely escapes with his life. Down and Out on The Hill illuminates the myth of the American Dream and will make you cheer, yell, and laugh at what can only happen in America.