An unhoused West Village resident says her already difficult life is being made even harsher due to harassment from the City.
Crystal Vails is 54 years old; she is a mother and grandmother and has been homeless for almost 15 years. Despite her arduous life she remains upbeat, having taken up residency on the sidewalk on 7th Avenue between 12th and 13th Street. Here she says she is equally accepted by her housed neighbors as she is scoffed at by them.
However, as hard as the world is for a homeless, Black female, Vails told amNewYork Metro that she is being browbeaten into being placed into a shelter through constant encampment sweeps that began on Mother’s Day.