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California seeks ways to solve student homelessness

by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Jun 12, 2019
Despite a deepening crisis, not everybody is on board short-term fixes involving parking lots.
Cameron Jones, 26, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan, prepares to sleep in a Safe Parking LA location near the Veteran's Affairs Los Angeles Healthcare Center in Los Angeles, California, February 11, 2019.
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Schools struggle to address rising student homelessness

by Robbie Feinberg May 7, 2019
More than 1.3 million students were identified as homeless nationwide in 2017, according to federal data.
More than 1.3 million students were identified as homeless nationwide in 2017, according to federal data.
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Using smartphones to better understand homelessness

by Molly Wood Jan 24, 2019
In Southern California, where homelessness is high, a new app gets better data.
A woman pushes her walker past tents housing the homeless in Los Angeles, California.
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Big tech companies have an affordable housing problem

by Ben Bradford Jan 17, 2019
Microsoft is the latest tech giant to fund affordable housing projects in the white-hot real estate market where they are based. As part of a community building initiative in Seattle, Microsoft is pledging $475 million in low-interest loans to support…
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My Economy: Housing the homeless during the winter

by Bennett Purser Dec 20, 2018
"Here in Manchester, we say you're two paychecks away from homelessness."
Eleanor Watts with her dog Dexter.
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At some Bronx public schools, 1 in 5 students are homeless

by Julia Simon Nov 20, 2018
NYC schools plan to spend $28 million on personnel, services for homeless students.
Social worker Carol Graham and Principal Danielle Keane at PS/MS 5 in the Bronx. With more than 700 kids from preschool through 8th grade, more than 150 are in temporary housing.
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As homelessness rate rises for elderly, some finding shelter in cars

by Danielle Prieur Nov 9, 2018
In some parts of the country, like Central Florida, senior citizens make up about 10 percent of the homeless population.
A homeless man for over 30 years, who lives inside his car, repairs a bicycle on Sept. 23, 2015 in Hollywood. 
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Should Big Tech pay more to help the homeless in San Francisco?

by Molly Wood Nov 1, 2018
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff thinks so.
Andrew Loy begs along a sidewalk in downtown San Francisco, California on Tuesday, June, 28, 2016. Homelessness is on the rise in the city irking residents and bringing the problem under a spotlight.
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Voters in a California city weigh taxing vacant properties to help ease homelessness

by Farida Jhabvala Romero Oct 11, 2018
If the Oakland measure is approved, it would be the state's first such tax.
Homeless advocate Candice Elder checks in with Dorothy Smith at an encampment in Oakland in August. Smith, who raised her children in the city, said her disability benefits are not enough to afford housing.
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When your home is towed away

by David Gorn Sep 28, 2018
For thousands of homeless people living in their cars across California, car impoundment can be the tipping point into joblessness and a life on the streets.
Nearly 15,000 cars are used as homes in Los Angeles County, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Above, a man who lives in his car repairs a bicycle in the city of LA.
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