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homelessness

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The Forsaken

On the rise in gay teens who are cast out by their families.

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The Harvester

A homeless man's wanderings and moral quandaries.

"Aimless, his wandering. The recurring theme of his life. That he would never escape. The single aspect of a pointless existence. What had he accomplished? The food in the bag would sustain him for two days more, three. Would his body retain any of it? Could he eat it without tasting his own wretchedness, the abhorrence that churned now through his body? A turn and then another, then down a street, an alleyway to hunker down in, only to leave abruptly because of a passing shadow, a rustle of paper. He felt persecuted, scared, timid and small. He felt disgust. For himself, the life that had prodded him thus. It was a thing that welled inside of him, the pit of his stomach, like a ball of thorny vine that tore and snagged on his delicate insides. Hours had passed. But hadn’t it been but a moment’s time? For him, all had changed; he had crossed the river to foreign shores and the language was one he could not recognize. He could not go back, though he longed to, and tried to look to the other side, but it had disappeared. He walked."

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Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life

There are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression. This is one of their stories.

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Hidden City

The homeless population of New York City is higher than it’s been in decades. Nobody seems to notice.

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Survivors

On the lives of street kids.

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The Weeklies

Meet Colorado’s suburban, Ramada-dwelling homeless.

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The Sharp, Sudden Decline of America's Middle Class

Profiles of people who live in their car after losing almost everything during the Great Recession.

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The Man Who Smelled Too Much

William Nowell got a windfall and got off the streets. The only problem were his neighbors – and his odor.

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For families without options, that cheap motel may be their last resort

How the Mosley Motel, off U.S. 19 in Florida, became the temporary home to at least 27 families turned away from full shelters.

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Homeless in America

A breakdown of the early 80s homeless epidemic.