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.
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.
As the wealthy move in, homeless people are pushed out. With firehoses, bulldozers and condos, gentrifying cities are clearing encampments from the streets.
Recently shuttered by officials in Gainesville, Florida, the former homeless encampment is slowly reverting to its natural woody state.
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.