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Vigils Honor The Homeless Who Died As They Lived: On The Streets

by NPR | December 21, 2016

Winter can be an especially difficult time for those living outside without shelter. Activists are holding vigils around the country to remember the thousands of homeless people who died this year. Read the full story on NPR The Melville Trust is a proud supporter of NPR’s reporting on homelessness.    

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Seattle Swings Between Hounding The Homeless And Leaving Them Alone

by NPR | September 29, 2016

As West Coast cities have seen a boom in homelessness, some have declared emergencies. But debates have broken out over how much tolerance should be shown to illegal camps in public spaces.

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William Kitt has lived in a studio apartment in New York owned by the nonprofit Broadway Housing Communities for 13 years, after decades of living on the streets.
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Invisibilia: For An Artist, A Room Of His Own Is A Lifesaver

by NPR | July 1, 2016

William Kitt was living on the streets, abusing drugs and very sick when Broadway Housing Communities in New York offered him a room. Thirteen years later, he’s thriving. His art tells the tale.

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Case manager Tim Brown (right) meets with members of an addiction recovery program at The Connection in New Haven. 
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How Will Connecticut’s Budget Crisis Affect Efforts to End Homelessness?

by WNPR | May 24, 2016

Advocates worry that recent cuts threaten the Connecticut’s position as a national leader in ending homelessness.

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Meagen Limes of Washington, D.C., is struggling to pay rent on the apartment where she lives with her 4-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. Photo: Pam Fessler/NPR
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Living From Rent To Rent: Tenants On The Edge Of Eviction

by NPR | March 29, 2016

For low-income renters, eviction is a constant threat.

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People experiencing homelessness line up for lunch and hot drinks at Cheyenne's Depot Plaza in Wyoming. Miles Bryan/Wyoming Public Radio
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In Rural America, Homeless Population May Be Bigger Than You Think

by NPR | February 18, 2016

The rural homeless often crash with friends or stay in cheap motels on cold nights due to a lack of shelters. But this means homeless tallies miss them — and the state gets less funding to help them.

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Inside a mobile clinic parked near a Conservation Corp high school, Dr. Seth Ammerman talks with a patient. About 400 young people who visit the van each year have never seen a doctor, Ammerman says. Photo: Farida Jhabvala Romero/KQED
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Teen Health Van Delivers More Than Medical Care To Homeless Youth

by NPR | February 17, 2016

The number of homeless Californians under age 24 keeps rising, and many aren’t getting the physical and mental health care they need, teen advocates say. Mobile clinics are trying to fill the gaps.

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Each night, volunteers prepare a meal for the guests at the shelter, and everyone eats together.
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Temporary Housing For Young People, By Young People

by NPR | January 6, 2016

Homeless young people can often be targets of theft and assault by homeless adults. Two 23-year-olds in Boston founded a new shelter to assure their peers are safe, warm, welcomed and supported.

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The Road Home is a private nonprofit social services agency that assists homeless individuals and families, in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Here, a view from outside.
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Utah Reduced Chronic Homelessness By 91 Percent; Here’s How

by NPR | December 10, 2015

Over the past decade, Utah’s toughest cases of homeless people dropped to fewer than 200, from nearly 2,000. Utah’s size and support from Mormon leaders are among the reasons for its success.

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Homeless women prepare for a night spent on a street near Skid Row in Los Angeles, in May. Not every case of homelessness is so easy to spot as this, though; some groups say the Department of Housing and Urban Development numbers missed many people without stable housing.
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New Stats Boast A Dip In Homelessness — But They’re Not The Full Story

by NPR | November 19, 2015

Over 560,000 people lived on the street or in homeless shelters this year — a 2 percent drop, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Still, many say the numbers are unreliable.

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