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Homelessness is skyrocketing—yet still the government looks the other way

Discussion with activists and politicians confirmed that there is nothing inevitable about this crisis

By Eliza Slawther  

Rebekah was kicked out of her parents’ home when she was just 17.

“The bus station was the scariest place I stayed because there were a lot of people going in and out, and even at three, four in the morning there are a lot of people there… people you don’t know,” she recounted. “I didn’t have a phone. I didn’t have contact with anybody. It was really scary. I was really dehydrated and hungry. I would go into coffee shops to get water but I didn’t eat much during that…

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