The winning design for the American Institute of Architects' competition to design a tiny house community for Chicago was built in two days and displayed at the University of Illinois, Chicago campus. Courtesy of Marty Sandberg hide caption

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As A Guerrilla Movement, Tiny Homes May Emerge As Alternative To Shelters
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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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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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A rendering of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of Community Solutions hide caption

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