When we talk about homelessness as a policy issue, we often distinguish between treating the symptoms versus addressing the root causes. This is the sames lens through which Donald views his own situation.
Donald is living without a home in New York City. He says it’s easy to find food and places to stay, but finding help in treating his larger issues has proven to be much more difficult. Right now, Donald says his biggest problem is that he doesn’t have any form of identification. When you’re living on the streets, he said, it’s nearly impossible to get the help you need without a proper ID.
There are services in NYC that get to the root causes of homelessness, but it’s a tough system to navigate. I hope Donald finds the help he needs.