Studies show that Hispanic farmworkers are likely to be injured on the job, and as they age, suffer from overuse injuries and long-term illnesses linked to working in the fields. But few of those who are in the United States legally have investments for retirement and most face looming medical costs. Undocumented workers who are aging out of the workforce have even fewer options.
The number of people age 50 and older who are homeless is growing. Many of the newly homeless held low-wage or unspecialized jobs during their working lives and are running up against a lack of affordable housing.
Omy Karorero first heard Bob Marley when he was a scared teenager, wandering the Nyamirambo neighborhood of Kigali, Rwanda. An orphan – his two sisters and parents killed earlier in the 1994 genocide – everything he owned he carried on his back. “I was really hungry, standing on the street and feeling like, you know, ‘I don’t know what to do,’ ” Karorero said.