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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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Big tech companies have an affordable housing problem

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 housing construction projects over three years, with another $25 million marked for homelessness. There has […]

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My Economy: Housing the homeless during the winter

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

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

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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