In a Crowded City, Leaders Struggle to Separate the Sick From the Well

Gladys Vega, a longtime community activist, helped a man who had been banished to a freezing, unfinished dirt basement, where he was riding out the illness on a piece of cardboard. Another man had been sent to sleep on a porch, despite temperatures that still dropped below freezing at night.

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Photography by Lena Mirisola