The new face of homelessness: Pocono working poor and families struggle for survival
A homeless woman in her 20s wanders around Walmart in Stroudsburg at 3 a.m. Hoping no one will notice, she slips into the store's bathroom for a brief, uneasy sleep in a stall.
A family of three, including an elderly person and a child, sleep in a car with a broken heater. The child attends school where nobody knows about the family's homelessness.A young woman suffering from depression seeks shelter overnight from rain in an abandoned, burned-out home. Fearing discovery by an animal or a violent person, she dozes off a few times but never really sleeps. Her depression deepens.
These stories, as told by agencies that work with the homeless, represent the new face of homelessness in the Poconos: Increasingly, they are employed, young, an entire family or migrating from New York and New Jersey.
And too often, when they ask for help, they are turned away.
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