Americans priced out of housing increasingly land in jail, in court or in tents on the street. As we shelter in place, they have nowhere to go.

Evictions

Federal law to block evictions, prevent homelessness didn’t save everyone.

Criminalization

It’s illegal to beg for money or food, to sleep on a park bench or to stand in one place for too long. In hundreds of American cities, it’s a crime to be homeless.

Encampments

As the wealthy move in, homeless people are pushed out. With firehoses, bulldozers and condos, gentrifying cities are clearing encampments from the streets.

Dignity Village

Recently shuttered by officials in Gainesville, Florida, the former homeless encampment is slowly reverting to its natural woody state.

ABOUT

There are more than a half-million people who are homeless in America, living in cars, shelters and on the street. A national consortium of student reporters fanned out across the country to find out how communities are responding.

Top photo: Alan Berner/The Seattle Times - Criminalization photo: Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times - Encampments photo: Seven Wu/Boston University - Dignity Village photo: Chris Day/University of Florida