Boston’s Homeless Rely on Each Other to Survive Record Winter

By Kristin Toussaint

Shawn Grady, 44, lived in a sub-Saharan village in Africa for nearly three years with almost no money, but said it’s more difficult to be homeless in Boston.

Misfortune was anticipated in Africa, Grady said, and he did have a support system of nearby fellow Peace Corps volunteers. But Boston is more confrontational, even with it’s civic-mindedness.

“[Boston’s] sense of charity has to have a certain propriety,” Grady said. “And if the need bleeds out of those parameters, well, they’re kind of stymied.”

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