At first glance I did not know Joni was homeless. Little did I know, she spent the previous night sleeping on a bench in Times Square. This is where I noticed her trying to steal a cup of coffee; she was caught, and my heart broke for her.

Many people think that homeless people just want money for drugs. But Joni said that’s not always the case. She said she needs money to be able to eat and survive.

Joni says homelessness is terrible, that there are far too many people out here and that somebody has to do something about it. I hope her story compels you to do something.

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New York City, NY, USA