Sandy sleeps in a sleeping bag on the sidewalk in Berkley, California because it’s against the law to sleep in her car. She’s on the verge of mental illness from life on the streets.
The thing keeping her unemployed? Her age. She says that’s the main factor keeping her from finding work, and she’s living a “completely miserable” life on the streets.
She runs to get away from people who are up all night with drugs and additions. This, full shelters, and the outlawing of sleeping in a car led her to slip into a church to sleep one night. The next morning, she awoke to a $400 ticket for trespassing. Of course, she can’t pay this and now has an outstanding warrant.
She doesn’t qualify for mental health assistance. She’s not quite old enough for senior assistance. And no one wants to hire someone her age. Sandy, and others who are homeless at her age are truly part of a forgotten generation.