The number of adults over 55 living on streets countywide more than doubled from 2015 to 2016 – and the problem is only expected to get worse. Experts emphasize both the moral and systemic costs likely to come with that uptick.
Teri Petersen never thought she’d end up living on the street.
The petite 65-year-old worked for years. She’s a former PTA president.
Yet there she was on a rainy day this September, confronting a reality she’d never imagined for the second time in a few years.
This time, a case manager told her she might be forced to wait up to three months to get into temporary housing. Fear set in.
“It was like, ‘Oh God, what else could go wrong?’” Petersen recalled.