Gina had a stroke and lost her job. She lived with her daughter for a short time but eventually ended up on the streets homeless.
Gina relocated to Philadelphia during the Occupy Philly movement. Throughout the country, many homeless people integrated with the Occupy movement in their cities because Occupy provided safe places to pitch a tent and often food and bathrooms.
She stays in a homeless shelter. The shelter provides a room for four people but everything else the homeless person has to provide. Programs like this actually create more panhandling. Homeless people can’t find employment but they have to pay to stay in the shelter. On the other side, funding for nonprofits continues to be cut so shelters are forced to charge for services.