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The “ex”-Middle & Upper Class Homeless

I originally read the article below on Cnn.com last May about women who have become homeless and are living in their cars with their pets, one lady has four cats and another lady has 2 dogs. I posted the story below at that time on a personal blog of mine. Then lately I saw a TV news story about how this situation is getting worse daily and that Santa Barbara has designated 3 large parking lots where people who are homeless can park over night… with pets, children and what little is left of their belongings.

Kudos to the people who have kept their pets with them, but I think it is time for Santa Barbara and cities all over the country to look at other options for these people and thousands of others, that include their pets.

SANTA BARBARA, California (CNN) — Barbara Harvey climbs into the back of her small Honda sport utility vehicle and snuggles with her two golden retrievers, her head nestled on a pillow propped against the driver’s seat.

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Californian Barbara Harvey says she is forced to sleep in her car with her dogs after losing her job earlier this year.

A former loan processor, the 67-year-old mother of three grown children said she never thought she’d spend her golden years sleeping in her car in a parking lot.

“This is my bed, my dogs,” she said. “This is my life in this car right now.”

Harvey was forced into homelessness this year after being laid off. She said that three-quarters of her income went to paying rent in Santa Barbara, where the median house in the scenic oceanfront city costs more than $1 million. She lost her condo two months ago and had little savings as backup.

“It went to hell in a handbasket,” she said. “I didn’t think this would happen to me. It’s just something that I don’t think that people think is going to happen to them, is what it amounts to. It happens very quickly, too.”

Harvey now works part time for $8 an hour, and she draws Social Security to help make ends meet. But she still cannot afford an apartment, and so every night she pulls into a gated parking lot to sleep in her car, along with other women who find themselves in a similar predicament. Video Watch women who live in their cars »

There are 12 parking lots across Santa Barbara that have been set up to accommodate the growing middle-class homelessness. These lots are believed to be part of the first program of its kind in the United States, according to organizers.

And there are others living in cars with their children…

August 14, 2008 Posted by | Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Political Change, responsible pet ownership, Stop Euthenization, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments