William Kitt has lived in a studio apartment in New York owned by the nonprofit Broadway Housing Communities for 13 years, after decades of living on the streets. Bryan Thomas for NPR hide caption

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Invisibilia: For An Artist, A Room Of His Own Is A Lifesaver

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A Starbucks in Santa Monica, Calif. With no other place to go, many of Los Angeles' homeless end up at the chain's outlets — to the consternation of some employees. Denise Taylor/Moment Editorial/Getty Images hide caption

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How Starbucks Got Tangled Up In LA's Homelessness Crisis

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Los Angeles resident Elvis Summers poses with his tiny house on wheels he built. Summers never thought more than 5.6 million people would watch a YouTube video of him constructing the 8-foot-long house, which is small enough to fit in a parking space. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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LA Officials Bring The Hammer Down On Tiny Houses For Homeless

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The point-in-time count for the homeless population often misses those who crash on friends' couches or stay in cheap motels due to a lack of shelters. Dale Dean, from Cheyenne, Wyo., is one of them. Miles Bryan/Wyoming Public Radio hide caption

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In Rural America, Homeless Population May Be Bigger Than You Think

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Inside a mobile clinic parked near a Conservation Corp high school, Dr. Seth Ammerman talks with a patient. About 400 young people who visit the van each year have never seen a doctor, Ammerman says. Farida Jhabvala Romero/KQED hide caption

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Each night, volunteers prepare a meal for the guests at the shelter, and everyone eats together. Ari Daniel for NPR hide caption

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Temporary Housing For Young People, By Young People

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Jennifer Carter, 30, stands in a dormitory area that she shares with her two young children at The Road Home Community Winter Shelter facility in Midvale, Utah. Cayce Clifford for NPR hide caption

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There's Shelter, And Then There's Housing. Utah Claims Muted Victory

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The Road Home is a private nonprofit social services agency that assists homeless individuals and families, in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Here, a view from outside. Cayce Clifford for NPR hide caption

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Utah Reduced Chronic Homelessness By 91 Percent; Here's How

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Homeless women prepare for a night spent on a street near Skid Row in Los Angeles, in May. Not every case of homelessness is so easy to spot as this, though; some groups say the Department of Housing and Urban Development numbers missed many people without stable housing. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New Stats Boast A Dip In Homelessness — But They're Not The Full Story

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Homeless people and their tents line a canal in Honolulu in June 2015. Hours after a city crew cleared the banks of the canal, the homeless people that had been living there moved right back to the riverside. Cathy Bussewitz/AP hide caption

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Tide Starts To Turn Against The 'Crime' Of Being Homeless

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House Calls To The Homeless: A Doctor Treats Boston's Most Isolated Patients

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Pope Francis walks up the stairs at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to New York, after visiting Washington where he spoke to a joint meeting of Congress and ate lunch with some 300 homeless people. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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When A Budget Motel Is 'Home,' There's Little Room For Childhood

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Jordan McClellan gets help making lunch from daughter Kyra Brooks in their apartment in Southeast Washington, D.C. McClellan has been fighting homelessness for most of her adult life, living in family shelters and transitional housing until she was moved into the rapid rehousing program. Lexey Swall/GRAIN for NPR hide caption

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For Homeless Families, Quick Exit From Shelters Is Only A Temporary Fix

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