H-SANTA MARIA

Dec 19, 2013 7:43 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News

Kimberly finds a home

Santa Maria city leaders say, following a KSBY story about a homeless woman who chose to live on the streets, people who live in the area have taken her in.

The area in front of the city's library used to be Kimberly Watts' home, but now the chairs sit empty.

"People would walk out of the library and give her $20 or $10 or $5 because they cared about her, but she never bothered anybody," said Mary Jane Zaffuto.

Zaffuto has been homeless for about six months but says she has known Kimberly for years. She says they looked out for each other.

"We just had this common bond. It was nice. She was a beautiful lady," said Zaffuto.

Now the woman wearing a tiara, sunglasses and elevated shoes has moved on.

"I think that's the most beautiful thing in the world. I got goose bumps when I found out where she was going," said Zaffuto.

City leaders say Kimberly was taken in by a local family and she now lives rent free.

"I said, Kimberly how are you doing? She goes, I'm doing ok. She's sweet, so sweet, and I go, ok good. I'm so excited for you," said Zaffuto.

So for now, you won't see Kimberly pushing around her carts filled with everything she owns. Zaffuto says she's even given up one of her signature looks.

"You know what, the best part about it is she took off those things she was wearing (on her feet) and she's wearing combat boots," said Zaffuto.

City officials say the family who has taken Kimberly in has asked not to be named. The outreach came from someone she knew from high school who saw the story about Kimberly on KSBY.

KSBY tried to talk with Kimberly for these stories, but she did not want to be interviewed.

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