Do you have a flashlight or candle I can have?

“Do you have a flashlight or candle I can have?”

A woman walking down the street stopped me and asked me this question.  I thought this was a weird request so asked why.  She said that the power and water was shut off in her home so a flashlight would be helpful in getting through the night.

I have so many follow up questions in my head but the question I should be asking is how have you been given so little opportunities that your best option right now is to stay in a home without water or power?

How can someone living 4 houses down from me have such different needs than me?  How is this world so skewed that the resources for one are so limited and the resources for others are so bloated?  And how can we make resources lineup more so no one is going to sleep in a home without power?