Since the metal of a car attracts heat and cold and has no insulation, it can be unbearable. During the winter months, "I put three layers of clothes on, shoes, boots, gloves and I could not get warm," she said. "I could not stay warm therefore I became weatherworn. If you are older it takes a toll on you, and if you are older with medical problems it is worse."
Two years after becoming homeless, during one of her lowest points, Hamza found a tiny apartment for herself and Tippy, which was "like a little slice of heaven to me." She has since come through to the other side of her struggle with homelessness, but has continued to dedicate her life to helping the homeless and their animals. "My van is loaded up with much-needed items," she said, which includes animal food, blankets, clothing, resources, water and other items.
Forging relationships and lending a hand
Angel Hanz was recently able to assist this puppy with emergency medical care.Karen Hamza/Angel Hanz For The Homeless