CLICK TO SHARE
A homeless person sleeps on a sidewalk near Time Square on December 10, 2019. Jeenah Moon/Getty Images hide caption
A woman lived in her car in front of our apartment building for a couple of weeks. Our family brought down some food, clothing, and a blanket, but the woman hesitated to open her door when we knocked and smiled.
We did not call police or a city agency to say, "There's a woman living in a car on our street." I've reported stories where I've spent the night in city homeless shelters. They can feel crowded and unsafe, and and have little privacy. I can see why someone would choose to stay on the street, or in their car.
Neighbors told us that city social workers came to speak with the woman in the car, and days later the woman was gone. We hoped she had been brought someplace safe.
A few days after that, my wife saw a city worker hook up the woman's car to be towed. He said he didn't know where the woman in the car had been taken — it was a different department — but that she could reclaim her car after she paid several thousand dollars in fines.
Anonymous comments are welcome, just check the "Comment Anonymously" box before submitting your comment. Note: Comments are free and open until someone ruins it. Don't dox, promote violence, etc. Be nice and have fun.
CLICK TO SHARE
COMMENTS VIA TWITTER
RT @Josiahhaken: I can't overstate how emphatically I want to make this point: being homeless is not a crime. The last thing we should do a…
I can't overstate how emphatically I want to make this point: being homeless is not a crime. The last thing we shou… https://t.co/I6AtUQxoVn
RT @mog7546: #Trump VIOLATED THE LAW The independent @USGAO demonstrates, without a doubt, that the Trump Administration ILLEGALLY WITHHEL…
“Passing laws to make it illegal to sleep outside or in your car doesn't resolve the problems of people who have no… https://t.co/2j8y0ySnq1