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


The spirit of Route 66 is alive in a community helping homeless people rebuild their lives.

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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 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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A rendering of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of Community Solutions hide caption

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A homeless man panhandles along Manhattan's Eighth Avenue in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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

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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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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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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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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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