WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- We have a follow-up tonight on a story that really touched a nerve yesterday. Shontay Alexander aged out of foster care, became homeless and is now living in a tent.
WUSA9 was overwhelmed by the response to her story, nearly a thousand Facebook shares alone. Today, on a brutally hot afternoon, we returned to Shontay's tent to let her know how many of you care.
Shontay beamed as she watched our news report. "On my birthday! On my birthday, y'all! On my birthday!" she exclaimed.
June 3 was her 25th birthday. Her gift to herself: an air mattress.
"That's my bed. It's a nice bed," she said gesturing to a thick mattress covering much of her tent's floor.
We also showed her more than 100 comments on Facebook, including many offers of help. "I would drive and go g et her right away and she could stay with me. It's horrific not having a home," wrote one viewer.
Shontay's welfare check goes straight to a bank account, but the money does not go far. She shares what little she has with the other residents her tent community.
"Anything they really need, like toiletries, batteries, stuff like that," she said.
Among the residents is 23 year-old Antoine Reddix, the man she calls her brother. They met in a shelter four years ago.
We told Shontay we had found a program designed to help people like them, homeless and under 30.
"You wanna try that?" Shontay asked Antoine.
"Yeah, I'm gonna try it," he replied.
Tomorrow, we hope to return to Shontay's tent with an outreach worker from Friendship Place, which has a program designed for people between the age of 17 and 29. It offers access to medical and psychiatric care, housing, job training, education and even, childcare if it is needed.