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Car is Home to Woman and Her Dog

In the LA Times yesterday, reporter Steve Lopez told the story of Lee Sevilla, a 71-year-old woman who has lived in her car with her dog, Sandy, for more than eight years.

Lopez portrays Sevilla as a stalwart and resourceful woman who refuses to give up or give in. Sevilla’s story shows how just a few unfortunate events can result in homelessness, and proves that it doesn’t require addiction or mental illness to find oneself on the street.

Not only are Sevilla’s housing options more limited with a dog, but she also generously says she wouldn’t want to take a transitional housing bed that might otherwise go to a young woman with children. Giving up her dog is out of the question, of course. “I don't know if I would have gotten through this without her,” Sevilla said.

She recently landed a part-time job as a receptionist, but still needs to find a second part-time job to be able to afford an apartment. Sevilla is a talented artist, though, and at the El Segundo Public Library where she goes to sketch, she sometimes sells commissioned prints for $60. A library assistant is trying to arrange an exhibit of Sevilla’s work at the library.

If you’d like to commission a print, send your request to Lee Sevilla, P.O. Box 5484, Playa del Rey, CA 90296.

May 8, 2006 | Permalink

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