A Homeless Amazon Warehouse Worker in New York City Tells Her Story

(VICE) Lauren Kaori Gurley, June 22, 2021

Natalie Monarrez’s commute to work at Amazon’s colossal warehouse in Staten Island, New York City, known as JFK8, is just a few hundred steps. Since 2019, she’s been homeless and has lived out of her SUV, camping out in the facility’s parking lot. 

Being a homeless Amazon warehouse worker isn’t easy, but Monarrez has made it work. She has a membership at Planet Fitness, where she goes to shower and brush her teeth. She keeps a list of the nearby fast-food chains and big-box stores with public bathrooms that stay open late. She charges up her phone and laptop at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts.