Ellen Baxter

Politicians can’t find a solution to the problems of the homeless. But this community activist has one that works.

New York Times Magazine | December 19, 1993

By David C. Anderson

On a bright autumn morning, a crowd has gathered in front of one of New York City’s most notorious places: the Fort Washington Armory, in upper Manhattan. In the worst years, on the coldest nights, as many as 1,200 homeless men would claim the cots set less than two feet apart on the cavernous drill floor. Crackheads, drunks, panhandlers, hustlers, muggers, burglars, sociopaths and psychopaths — all were jammed in with runaway kids, the jobless and others down on their luck…

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