ENCAMPMENTS

Cities already struggling with homeless encampments could see more.

FEATURED

As the wealthy move in, homeless people are pushed out

With firehoses, bulldozers and condos, gentrifying cities are clearing encampments from the streets.

LATEST STORIES

Life in a homeless encampment in the shadow of the University of Arkansas

William set up his tent in an encampment near the University of Arkansas.

Homeless women face extra health, safety worries

Many homeless women fear for their safety even when they are able to secure shelter.

Many homeless college students are hiding in plain sight

Nearly four in 10 college students reported not having adequate housing.

Homeless counts in Northwest Arkansas are hit or miss

A flaw in the census method is contributing to faulty homeless population counts.

The economic drivers of homelessness

A bulleted list of the statistics forcing low-income earners into homelessness.

What is an encampment? Don’t ask Massachusetts

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.

ABOUT THIS SERIES

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.  Learn more about the reporting behind the stories here.

This work is a collaboration among the University of Maryland’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and Capital News Service, the University of Oregon, Stanford University, Arizona State University, the University of Arkansas, Boston University and the University of Florida.

“We live right next to a couple of millionaires. We’re living out here in tents, and they still want to kick us out from here.”

- BRANDON LINDSEY

PROJECT ROOMKEY

Angel of the Night offers comfort amid pandemic

Valerie McEntee is a minister with San Francisco Night Ministry.

‘Are you going to feed us to the wolves’ when temporary respite ends?

It was the third week of March and Mike Melcher was living out of his truck in Covina, California.

Project Roomkey, the Golden State’s grand experiment

When California issued its shelter-in-place order on March 19, hotel occupancy rates throughout the state plunged into the single digits.

HOMELESS VETERANS

In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a streamlined system helps house homeless veterans

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.

Podcast: The last homeless veteran?

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2019, a Northwest Arkansas homeless services group proclaimed it was close to effectively ending veteran homelessness there. By mid-April 2020, the goal of eliminating veteran homelessness remained elusive. Why? Well, it’s complicated.

CASE STUDIES

Tensions rise when businesses, homeless people share the same space

In the 1990s Washington created Business Improvement Districts to “promote economic growth and employment.”

Encampment clearing raises concerns about a return to Miami’s bad old days

Despite CDC guidance, City of Miami officials continue to clear encampments during a global pandemic.

Philadelphia hit homelessness and drug addiction head on

Philadelphia was plagued by two epidemics in 2017: Opioid addiction and homelessness. The city addressed them as intertwined crises.

Top photo: Seven Wu/Boston University