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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.

Voters in a California city weigh taxing vacant properties to help ease homelessness

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

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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Some cities see eviction prevention as a way to reduce homelessness

Sep 26, 2018
In many cities, only a fraction of people facing eviction can actually get legal help.
A homeless woman waits in line to receive groceries and clothing in the skid row section of Los Angeles, California.
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A shelter in the Bronx is shaking up the homeless shelter model by becoming its own landlord

Aug 1, 2018
The economics of housing the homeless is a tricky equation, especially in New York City, which has a right-to-shelter mandate, meaning the city has to provide a temporary bed to anyone who needs it. Because of demand, the city often houses people in apartments and hotels where accommodations can be spotty and social services nonexistent. […]
A homeless man sits on the sidewalk on a frigid day in Manhattan in December 2017.
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Employed, but still homeless

Jun 17, 2018
One formerly-homeless barista describes working while living out of her car.
"But no, I never thought I'd be here," said Charlene Long, a barista who was formerly homeless. "And here I am, knowing how to make cortados, espressos, macchiatos. I didn't even know what a macchiato was last year. You know, it's crazy." 

Amazon head tax reversed

Jun 13, 2018
Last month the Seattle city council voted unanimously for a head tax – a set fee that bigger companies would have to pay for each of their employees. The tax was meant to raise funds to address homelessness and help create more affordable housing in a city where both have become problems. Then yesterday that same […]

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Exploring the link between housing and health

Jun 13, 2018
Kaiser joins other healthcare organizations investing in affordable housing.
Sidney Bond (left) meets with peer recovery specialist Nathan Thomas at Baltimore's Health Care for the Homeless.
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Los Angeles struggles to house homeless amid Section 8 shortage

Mar 27, 2018
The U.S. homeless population ticked up last year for the first time since 2010, led by a 26 percent percent surge in Los Angeles.
Trash lies beside the Skid Row City Limit mural as the city begins its annual homeless count in Los Angeles, California on Jan. 26, 2018.

Los Angeles grapples with rising homeless population

Jun 12, 2017
The annual count rose 23 percent. Expectations are growing for two major funding efforts recently approved by L.A. voters.
Va Lecia Adams Kellum is president and CEO of St. Joseph Center. The nonprofit serves low-income and homeless people in Los Angeles.
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