Mr. Down-And-Out was a well-dressed homeless man in the neighborhood the LeFetes frequented. When John LeFete asked him if he could help them look for people that needed help, Mr. Down-And-Out replied that he would be more than glad to do so (while also mentioning indirectly that he lost everything in a fire). Later, according to Marge, the waitress at the diner, the authorities asked Mr. Down-And-Out to leave the bench he usually sat on. When John asked why, Marge explained that the bench was located at the bus stop, and was for people who could sit and wait for the bus, not for Mr. Down-And-Out to live on. Marge also explained to a surprised John that if anyone around the area where she was needed help, it was Mr. Down-And-Out.
Any family he may have is unknown.