With the help of careful data-keeping, a unified hotline, individualized assistance and a mindful community, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has succeeded in getting service members off the streets.
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It was the third week of March and Mike Melcher was living out of his truck in Covina, California.
William set up his tent in an encampment near the University of Arkansas. Then, he was evicted.
Communities nationwide — including just blocks from the White House — are struggling with the growing number of tent cities.
When California issued its shelter-in-place order on March 19, hotel occupancy rates throughout the state plunged into the single digits.
Philadelphia was plagued by two epidemics in 2017: Opioid addiction and homelessness. The city addressed them as intertwined crises.
Nearly four in 10 college students reported not having adequate housing.
Many homeless women fear for their safety even when they are able to secure shelter.
In the 1990s Washington created Business Improvement Districts to “promote economic growth and employment.”
The lack of a clear encampment definition, when and how a cleanout will be done and what services are available to displaced occupants creates legal risk for authorities and further traumatizes displaced homeless individuals.