The death of a 72-year-old homeless woman on the streets of Astoria this week rattled city officials and advocates, leading them to question what more could have been done to help her.

Gail Griffey died of natural causes on Tuesday, according to police. She had been reported unconscious and unresponsive that night outside of T&C Home Furnishings on Commercial Street and was pronounced dead at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Warming center

The Astoria Warming Center is an emergency shelter for the homeless on cold and rainy nights.

Katie Frankowicz is a reporter for The Astorian. Contact her at 971-704-1723 or