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One of the first things Cynthia shared with me is she used to sleep in a box. Cynthia now rests on a reclining chair living homeless in New York City. She felt it was an upgrade from sleeping on the cold ground. 

My work is far from scientific. I do not collect data on people. However, I do visit the same cities and walk through the same areas. Each time I visit a location, street homelessness has noticeably grown, and this trip to New York, street homelessness is far more visible. More people are sleeping outside, and there are far more seniors and elderly homeless women living on the streets of Manhattan. 

Cynthia says she has been homeless for seven years. In this interview, she shares about the abuse women face on the streets and the horror of the NYC shelter system. Cynthia says she is on a housing list, but the wait seems endless. Unfortunately, millions of homeless Americans are waiting for housing, but little to no housing is available. 

This is where you can make a difference. Your voice can help end homelessness. If we do not fix the affordable housing crisis, homelessness will continue to get worse. Click here to tweet, email, call, or Facebook your federal and state legislators to tell them ending homelessness and creating more affordable housing is a priority to you.

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