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Communities Struggle To Reach Homeless Students Living In The Shadows

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Homeless advocate Arnold Abbott, 90, director of the nonprofit group Love Thy Neighbor Inc., prepares a salad Wednesday in the kitchen of The Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Abbott was recently arrested, along with two pastors, for feeding the homeless in a Fort Lauderdale park. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Los Angeles' Skid Row contains one of the largest concentrations of homeless people in the United States. Robyn Beck /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Downtown LA Grows, So Does Urgency To Fix Skid Row

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This encampment under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami, shown in 2008, was cleared out by authorities in 2009. It was home to sex offenders who were unable to find places where they were permitted to live under Miami-Dade County's strict residency law. Although this makeshift community was broken up, homeless sex offenders continue to camp out in other areas of the county. David Adame/AP hide caption

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ACLU Challenges Miami Law On Behalf Of Homeless Sex Offenders

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The homeless and others in need enjoy lunch at the Los Angeles Mission on Nov. 23, 2011, in celebration of Thanksgiving. Legislation to ban organizations from serving food to homeless people in public places has been proposed in Los Angeles. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Officers Ned Bandoske (left) and Ernest Stevens are part of San Antonio's mental health squad — a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness may play a role. Jenny Gold/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

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Lissette Encarnacion in her apartment at The Brook, a supportive housing complex in the New York City borough of the Bronx. Natalie Fertig/WNYC hide caption

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New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care

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Susan St. Amour panhandles on a median in Portland, Maine. The city tried to ban loitering on medians last year, but a judge found the law unconstitutional. Caroline Losneck for NPR hide caption

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With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime

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Nicholas Simmons in the photo that helped his family find him. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Martha Castro lives on the streets in Los Angeles' Skid Row neighborhood. She's still resistant to the idea that she can now get health coverage because of California's expansion of Medicaid. Anna Gorman/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Obamacare Brings Medicaid To Skid Row's 'Ugly Reality'

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A homeless man sleeps under an American flag blanket on a park bench in New York City. New U.S. data reports a drop in the number of homeless people — but not in New York and other states. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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A homeless man collects cans on Waikiki Beach in 2010 in Honolulu. Under a new pilot program, some homeless people will get help from the state to reunite with relatives on the mainland. Marco Garcia/AP hide caption

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Hawaii Homeless Initiative Would Send Some Back To Mainland

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Jacqueline Syra has been living in the La Piste camp for three years. She says she has no idea when she will be able to leave. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Despite Billions In Aid, Many Haitians Still Live In Squalid Camps

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The photo that touched many hearts: New York City Police Officer Lawrence DePrimo gives a shoeless man a pair of boots on a frigid night last month. That man was later identified as 54-year-old Jeffrey Hillman. Jennifer Foster/NYPD via Facebook hide caption

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