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Homeless Facebook Employee Lives In Her Car (Video)

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Facebook employee Unique Parsha is homeless and living in her car in Newark, California (video below).

Parsha has worked at the social media giant for two months, and has kept her lack of housing a secret from her co-workers.

"I tell people all the time, stop looking at what somebody got and what you see on the outside," Parsha told KTVU.

Parsha, who also runs a non-profit in her spare time, has been living in her car since April.

"Everything I do is here, this is my life," said Parsha from the inside of her car. "This car means everything to me because it's all I have basically."

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Parsha has been swamped with medical bills and student loans, and cannot afford the typical $2,000 rent per month for an apartment in Silicon Valley.

Parsha hasn't told her co-workers about her situation because of her pride: "I'm very embarrassed because I don't want to be looked down upon or talked about."

"They would be shocked that I'm going through that because they would be like, 'I see you smiling at work, you appear to be happy. You look normal, you look clean,'" she added.

Parsha chose to go public to start a conversation about the high cost of living in Silicon Valley.

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"I think that companies really need to look at the salaries," Parsha stated. "Are we paying employees enough to survive?"

Parsha is looking for a second job.

In 2015, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech at the United Nations in which he said internet access could lift people around the world out of poverty, noted CNN Money.

"When communities are connected, we can lift them out of poverty," Zuckerberg stated. "We can and must do more."

Zuckerberg, who launched a project in 2013 to connect 5 billion people without internet access, added: "Connecting the world is one of the fundamental challenges of our generation."

Kentaro Toyama, a University of Michigan professor, told Business Insider in 2016 that the poverty rate has not declined in the U.S. since the internet has grown: "Any idea that internet access itself decreases poverty is deeply flawed."

In 2016, Johannes Bauer, chairman of the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University, called the evidence to support the notion that internet access has helped people in poverty "sketchy."

Bauer added, "The bigger challenge of really lifting people out of lasting poverty, that's a more complicated policy that's not simply addressed by providing access."

Facebook reportedly references a 2014, Facebook-paid study that asserts expanded web access could eventually lift 160 million people up from poverty.

Zuckerberg reportedly refers to the study when regularly asserting that giving 10 people access to the internet will lift one of the people out of poverty.

Sources: KTVU, CNN Money, Business Insider / Photo Credit: Hamza Butt/Flickr (2), Sarah Marshall/Flickr

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