Middle-class Americans forced to live in cars
November 26, 2015
Government has no data on vehicular homeless; safe parking lots could offer solution to hidden problem
The Great Recession created a largely invisible group of homeless. They’re formerly middle-class Americans who have been forced to live in their cars. The government doesn’t track the numbers of the so-called vehicular homeless. But advocates say we might be seeing the greatest numbers since the Great Depression’s Ford families. In many places, living in your car is not only illegal but also unsafe. In response, new safe parking lots are cropping up to help people fighting to get back in real homes. As David Shuster reports, these parking lots are a visible solution to an often hidden problem, a problem affecting people who don’t fit the typical image of homelessness.