The estimated nightly homeless population in NYC rose from 13,000 to 52,000 in the last 20 years. … When I lived in NYC I tutored homeless folks: smart, motivated, cruelly unlucky, often abandoned by both family and society. More than I can count were left homeless by healthcare bills or kicked out of their houses for being queer.
We need systemic change, but in the meantime compassion will do. The homeless are human; when you see them, see them. I mean: be human too.”