Joey, from Trinidad, was on a busy corner panhandling. A month ago he was kicked out of his house by his fiance after a period of heavy drinking brought on by job loss and family problems. He was staying briefly in a Manhattan homeless shelter but was “beat up, robbed, and messed up while sleeping” by two other residents. Released by Bellvue hospital two days ago he has “nothing and nobody.” He will not go back to a shelter.
In New York City everyone, including undocumented immigrants, have the right to a shelter. Many, likeJaime prefer the streets, viewing it as the safer option.
I bought him a sandwich and he asked me to post this picture in the hope that his fiance sees it.