‘I’m scared’: He is 76, a veteran and struggling to find an affordable apartment
The Washington Post
February 16, 2019
Jeffrey Snure doesn’t want to end up homeless.
He told me this on a recent morning as we sat down to eat breakfast at a Latin American restaurant next to a 7-Eleven.
Jeffrey Snure, a 76-year-old veteran, works full time for the U.S. Postal Service. He fears he will soon become homeless. (The Washington Post)
“Am I scared?” he said. “Better believe I’m scared. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know how to keep it from happening.”
Lately, he has paid more attention to a man who walks through his Northern Virginia neighborhood who appears as if he’s barely avoiding life on the street.
“Every time I see him, I get very nervous,” Snure said. “I don’t want that to happen to me.”
Snure is a 76-year-old veteran. He also works full time for the U.S. Postal Service. He shouldn’t be worried about sleeping on a sidewalk. And yet, in recent weeks, as he faces eviction from the apartment where he has lived for more than two decades, Snure has found himself feeling increasingly frustrated, lost and, yes, even scared, as he searches for a rarity in the region: an affordable place to live.
He said he has worked for the Postal Service for more than two decades, and he spends six days a week fixing mail-sorting machines as an electronic technician. For that, he said he earns about $66,000 a year.
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