Richard Harrell is making his way from Boston to Washington D.C. by an untraditional means: a wheelchair.
Mr. Harrell, 68, is traveling to the nation’s capital to express concerns for Section 8 housing for the elderly and disabled. He was recently evicted from his Section 8 housing in Massachusetts, he said.
“It’s absolutely repulsive to throw a 68-year-old disabled guy out onto the street,” he said. “If I’m going to die out here I might as well annoy some people in the process.”
On the back of his wheelchair is a sign that begins with: “Boston to D.C.”
He started his journey in Boston last week and arrived in Orient by ferry Monday at 6 p.m., and was in Southold by about noon Tuesday. He plans to voice his concerns about unsafe conditions in Section 8 housing, while also moving south to combat the cold Massachusetts winter ahead of him if he is to stay homeless, he said.
“I’m alone in the world, I don’t have any family,” he said during an interview along Main Road in Southold. “I might as well go make some people in Washington angry in the process.”
The Section 8 program dates back to 1978 and is formally known as the Housing Choice Voucher program.
Photo caption: Richard Harrell in his wheelchair along Main Road in Southold. (Credit: Rachel Siford)