What it's like to navigate the first year of motherhood without a stable home

Apr 28, 2020
Data can tell us who is on welfare, but not what it's like to to live in the system.
A woman feeds a baby at a Thanksgiving meal hosted by the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, California, in 2015.
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To house the homeless, agencies turn to vacant hotels

Apr 8, 2020
Homeless people are much more likely to contract COVID-19 — and to die from it — than the general population.
Congress has set aside $4 billion for homeless assistance during COVID-19. Above, a doctor with the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic speaks with homeless people about the coronavirus in San Francisco, California on March 17.
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California races to defend homeless population from COVID-19

Mar 13, 2020
In California, most of the state’s 150,000 homeless people are living unsheltered, outside or in structures not meant for human habitation.
Health officials and service providers say homeless populations, like the people living at this camp in Richmond, California, are particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.
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Can a computer model reveal who is about to become homeless? LA County is finding out.

Jan 23, 2020
The goal is to reach out and help people before they lose their housing.
Tents line a sidewalk in the city of Los Angeles, where homelessness rose 16% last year.
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How one Chicago call center works to prevent homelessness

Jan 14, 2020
Workers connect qualifying callers with one-time emergency aid.
A Chicago call center worker asks callers how they ended up on the verge of homelessness.
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LA mayor on homelessness, infrastructure and deciding not to run in 2020

Dec 23, 2019
How is the nation's second-largest city thinking about its two biggest problems?
Eric Garcetti has been LA Mayor for the past six years. Above, "Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal and Garcetti chat in the official mayor's residence, the Getty House.
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California's homeless: A crisis of prosperity

Nov 27, 2019
Families in the state are battling homelessness as a strong economy dominates their surroundings.
A homeless encampment in Salinas, California.
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California seeks ways to solve student homelessness

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

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

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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