Jesse Valles (from right,) Isaac Apodaca, Lamar Kellam and Sydney Harrison get in line for the free Sunday dinners offered at the Rebel and Divine church, a congregation in Phoenix that aims to help at-risk youth, many of whom are homeless and transgender. Stina Sieg/KJZZ hide caption

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Pastor Redefines 'Church' For Transgender Youth

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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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Lori Barlow gave up a six-figure salary as a financial planner and a home on the beach to help people make the near impossible leap from shelter to home. Laurel Morales/KJZZ hide caption

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Not Giving Up: Arizona Residents Get A New Start In Refurbished Motel

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Homeless veterans face an uphill climb — and not simply because of the tight housing markets in cities. Even if they've found open properties, and have the rental checks to pay for them, some landlords are still reluctant to accept them. Heiko Kueverling /iStockphoto hide caption

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Homeless Veterans Face Challenges Beyond The Rental Check

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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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Sanctuary, Not Just Shelter: A New Type Of Housing For The Homeless

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New York City Struggles To Keep Up With High Homeless Numbers

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A worker washes the exterior of a Portland Loo in Portland, Ore. San Diego installed two of the loos earlier this year. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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San Diego Installed Public Loos, But Now They're Flush With Problems

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Daniel Harmon, a veteran of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, looks out the window of his room at the Hollywood Veterans Center in Los Angeles. The facility provides housing to homeless vets. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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The U.S. Declared War On Veteran Homelessness — And It Actually Could Win

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Ruby Corado runs Casa Ruby, a drop-in and service center for transgender people in Washington, D.C. Through the center, Corado helps people find housing, medical care and get food. Corado also has 22 beds in transitional housing for transgender adults and youth who would otherwise be homeless. Lexey Swall/GRAIN for NPR hide caption

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Casa Ruby Is A 'Chosen Family' For Trans People Who Need A Home

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Homeless families outside a downtown Seattle shelter. John Ryan/KUOW hide caption

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Homeless Families Wait Longer For Shelter Under Seattle's System

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Tents are pitched illegally on a sidewalk in Seattle in January. The number of people sleeping outside in the city shot up by 20 percent in just the past year. David Ryder/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Amid Seattle's Affluence, Homelessness Also Flourishes

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The city of Hollywood, Fla., bought the Homeless Voice shelter from its owner, a longtime advocate for the homeless who agreed to stay away from the city for the next 30 years. Greg Allen hide caption

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Lowering A City's Homeless Population — By Forcing The Homeless Out

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Tony Simmons leads a group of Johns Hopkins University students on a "justice walk" in downtown Baltimore, during which they learn about public policy, providing services, and the connections between income inequality and health. Gabriella Demczuk for NPR hide caption

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Homeless Man Encourages Others On The Streets To 'Get Up'

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Communities Struggle To Reach Homeless Students Living In The Shadows

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Susan sits on a park bench in Washington, D.C. She has struggled with homelessness for nearly two decades. Gabrielle Emanuel/NPR hide caption

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One Woman's Lessons From Living On The Street

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Erika Kalberer (left) and her mother, Kris. Their family has been living in their car. Kris tells her daughter, "I don't think sometimes you know how strong you are." StoryCorps hide caption

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When Living Out Of A Car, It's Hard To Feel At Home

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