The Rise of Vehicular Homelessness in the U.S.: Background information when reading If I Survive You

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If I Survive You

by Jonathan Escoffery

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The Rise of Vehicular Homelessness in the U.S.

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RVs and cars in store parking lot In 2018, in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood, a woman named Sabrina Tate died inside her RV. She was almost 28 years old. A chronic drug user, Sabrina may have been killed by an infection. Two men living in the same vehicular lot, what was considered a safe space, had died there earlier in the year. Sabrina's parents, who had tried to help her overcome her heroin addiction, entered the RV after her death. They were hit with the sight of flies and rotted food in a disheveled living space — conditions of which they were previously unaware. "This is not a place anyone should want their daughter or son," Sabrina's father said. "Although it was called a safe lot or a safe zone, it was another place to put people so they are out of the way."

Sabrina was part of the fastest-growing homeless subpopulation — those who sleep in cars or other vehicles. Jonathan Escoffery's collection of linked stories If I Survive You introduces vehicular homelessness into the plot by showing ...

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