were arrested in Springfield's Sheraton Hotel. Their crime? They had been living in a utility room at the top of an elevator shaft.
The woman was released on her own recognizance and the man was held in lieu of $500 bail.
Many people don't know that if you are homeless and part of a couple, you will have to separate in order to obtain shelter. no one accepts couples as couples. There's only one shelter for women in Springfield-- Friends of the Homeless on Worthington St.-- and there's a men's shelter there, also. Go up as a couple and you will be sent to two different buildings. Many of the folks who choose to sleep rough on the riverbank are couples who don't want to be separated.
If the woman is looking for work to bail out her boyfriend, she can skip trying for a job at a KFC franchise. Earlier this week, 90 people lost their jobs when seven franchises closed after the owner retired (and I guess couldn't find a buyer?)
There's an article in today's New York Times about economic insecurity. It mentions a new study by Wider Opportunities for Women which outlines what it really takes to meet basic human needs in this country. Check it out.