Homeless people at the 42nd Street and Bryant Park subway station in New York City, March 9, 2020.
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Many homeless people already have compromised immune systems. They are targets -- and conduits -- for COVID-19.
Few shelters will accommodate homeless people with pets.
People may not have a criminal record before they become homeless, but they likely will afterward due to laws intended to keep people with nowhere to go out of sight.
A homeless woman sits bundled against the cold in New York City, January 2016.
Solving homelessness doesn't just mean finding someone a physical home. A program run in New Haven, Connecticut, focuses on helping people see themselves as members of their communities – as citizens.
Homeless people are far more likely to suffer sleep deprivation with all its associated problems.
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When homelessness charities work alongside Home Office immigration teams, it can put vulnerable people off seeking help.
The leader of Windsor council wants the streets cleared of homeless people ahead of the royal wedding – saying some people are choosing to sleep rough.
When this is home, bad weather can make a bad situation much worse.
Extreme weather is hard enough for those with a home. But imagine losing everything you own in a storm - that's the experience of many homeless people forced to live out in the open during wild weather.
Margaret Morton’s photographs of the homeless highlighted their makeshift dwellings as symbols of creativity and resourcefulness.
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Even though they don't consistently have a roof over their heads, the homeless do their best to create a routine, form communities and make a home – just like the rest of society.
A homeless Vietnam vet begs for money on a Boston street in 2012.
Homelessness among veterans overall is on the decline. But researchers see an increasing number of homeless vets who are single mothers or supporting young families.
The person using this shelter in New South Wales certainly meets the official definition of homeless, but how they see themselves is important.
People who self-identify as 'homeless' have poorer wellbeing than others in the same circumstances, yet that's the label they must adopt to qualify for help.
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Archaic vagrancy acts and Public Spaces Protection Laws turn washing, sleeping and begging into punishable offences.
In 1966, the BBC drama Cathy Come Home radically changed the way society thinks about homelessness. So how would Cathy fare today?
High rents and benefits restrictions have led to spiralling costs when it comes to housing London's homeless.