Speak Out: Homeless and under the tarp
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Feb 13, 2014 | 1155 views |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Her name is Vicky and her bed is under a tarp that has just a crawlspace. She keeps her few belongings there. Some say she is crazy, she talks to herself and doesn’t want any help. She did accept food brought to her. She speaks little and when asked if she wants to go to a shelter, she says, “I am fine.” I ask myself when temps hit 9 degrees at night why not go to a shelter?

Most shelters have people leave about 6:30 a.m., then they are out on the streets again. The economy, even though it’s getting better, still left an ugly trail of homeless people. At my Wal-Mart down the road are the so-called “regulars” who are holding signs that read, “working for food.” Sometimes they are with a loyal dog. Then there are the ones I call “scammers” who ask you for money so they can catch a bus to get them home. When you see them in other places, you question their honesty. But the real needy ones are everywhere with nowhere to go and depending on every penny they can get. No one should have to live like that.

The government should provide housing for these people and help in any way it can.

As for the lady under the tarp, maybe bad experiences and giving up on society made her choose the tarp. A certain freedom.

Margit Suesser
Anniston
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