About the “barefoot homeless man” …
posted at 1:39 pm on December 5, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
… it turns out that he’s neither homeless nor barefoot, at least not for lack of resources:
The homeless man who was given a pair of boots by a kindhearted New York City police officer apparently isn’t homeless. According to the New York Daily News, Jeffrey Hillman, 54, has an apartment in the Bronx that is paid for via a combination of rent vouchers, Social Security, and military veteran benefits. …
The Daily News reports that various city organizations have attempted to help Hillman. Barbara Brancaccio, a spokesperson for the city’s Homeless Service said, “He [Hillman] has a history of turning down services.”
The man’s brother, Kirk Hillman, told the Daily News that he hasn’t heard from Jeffrey since January. “We love our brother very much,” Kirk Hillman said. “Our door is always open to him, but this is a lifestyle he’s chosen.”
That in no way diminishes the generosity of Officer Lawrence DePrimo. Nor does it minimize the people who are homeless and shoeless by circumstance rather than choice. Hillman seems to be marching to his own drummer, and perhaps there’s an intriguing story of why he prefers to live on the street when he has better options, and why he’s reluctant to accept “services” from the city.