It followed reports in the Washington Post and CNN profiling Charles Gladden, a 63-year-old who makes about $360 a week in take-home pay doing janitorial work in the Senate cafeteria. He said he gives some of his paycheck to his kids and grandkids, suffers from diabetes and has so little left over that he has not had a fixed address for five years and sleeps outside a Metro station.
Gladden drew attention while taking part in a one-day strike last week by federal contract workers to call for higher wages from government contractors.
“No one who works in these buildings should be homeless or have to rely on public assistance or charity to feed their families,” Gladden said in a statement released along with the senators’ letter…
No one should be homeless, not just those who work for our politicians in Washington, DC.