The Not So Hidden Homeless

by | Oct 7, 2016

The Washington Post has been publishing a series of stark articles the past few months about individuals and families in our area living in extremely difficult situations, despite the region’s affluence. One story recently focused on a gentleman who works at Reagan National Airport, but often sleeps at the airport because he can not afford to travel home.

This week, Tony Olivo wrote an even more shocking story that seemed to resonate with many. In affluent Fairfax County, the article tells the story of three individuals who have found themselves living in their cars. We reported recently how we helped one woman who was working two jobs who had been living between cars and motels for the past twelve months.

In an area, where the cost of living has increased by over 40 percent the past ten years, it’s not hard for many of us to imagine how an individual, or a family, living paycheck to paycheck, can find themselves resorting to living in their car or a motel when a financial disaster strikes. While I was at a CFC charity fair at the Pentagon on Tuesday, I had several people stop by and tell me that they had read the article in the Washington Post that morning, and were not only horrified because people had found themselves living in these situations, but that it was only too easy to imagine–in our area with its high cost of living–how it could even happen to them.