This is a photo of a homeless, pregnant friend of mine, flying a sign at a busy Greensboro intersection on a cold winter afternoon. The sign reads:
Lost Job. Pregnant. Homeless. Hungry. Anything helps! God bless!
She and her husband are expecting a baby in a couple of months. They have a camp under a bridge and they sometimes sleep on a relative’s couch when the nights get too cold. They’re on a waiting list for a government housing voucher. She recently lost a job and both are looking for employment. She had an interview this week and is waiting to hear back. I hope she gets the job.
I’ve known them for at least five years, and I know some of the struggles they face. I love them both. I’d love to see them inside, in their own place, before the baby is born. But my friend said to me today, while she took a break from holding her sign,
“Being homeless and pregnant’s not a priority for getting housing anymore. There’s too many people in need now.”
A sad reality.