The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Homeless in America

Oct 26, 2009

A 97-year-old woman with a pacemaker and her two sons are homeless and living out of their car in Los Angeles County. After raising 11 children and working in a factory into her 60's, she collects only $375 a month in Social Security benefits and can’t make ends meet. One son worked in construction and the other was a cook, but both are in their 60's and can no longer work due to health problems. The LA Times reported that one son has a $637 disability payment, the other a $300 food stamp allocation. In LA County, it’s not enough for the three to find a place to live.

How is it in a country as wealthy as this, a family of three who worked all their lives is homeless?