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Vargas Vidot: Homelessness on the rise in PR, along with risks of living on the street

By John McPhaul


Independent Sen. José Vargas Vidot said Monday that the number of homeless people in Puerto Rico has increased.

“It has increased. In fact their profile has changed. We see more young people on the streets. People with more deterioration of their health,” Vargas Vidot told journalist Julio Rivera Saniel on “Pegaos en la Mañana” on Radio Isla 1320 AM. “We see more women, who in the past were only 17 percent of the people on the streets. Today we are seeing many more people.”

“When I make my rounds [to distribute food], because I continue to do my route on Fridays, sometimes it [the food] does not last beyond five or six blocks,” he added. “Although the food that I carry is supposed to last all night, at 3 in the morning I’m already coming back.”

Vargas Vidot said meanwhile that life on the street is becoming more dangerous for the growing number of homeless.

“In addition to the violence that is taking place [against the homeless], we see one or two missing persons weekly,” the community activist and first-term senator said. “People have openly shot them.”

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