UPDATE: Anthony William’s was fatally stabbed in 2020 at Union Station
Anthony’s mom was the primary provider. When she died from colon cancer, he ended up on the streets homeless.
Anthony has been homeless for two years now. He has gone from place to place and has tried most homeless shelters. Anthony didn’t feel safe in the shelters, so he now sleeps at Union Station in Washington DC.
Union Station is a large train station only blocks from the United States Capital. I walked around yesterday handing out socks, and I was blown away by how many homeless people use Union Station as a day center.
Homelessness is increasing in almost every city, while support for homeless people continues to decrease. Public transportation hubs and libraries are now filled with homeless people. For a young homeless man like Anthony, Union Station provides a safe place to get inside.
We need to provide safe shelter spaces that offer a path out of homelessness into housing.