The latest homeless count showed a 64 percent increase in the number of 18- to 24-year-olds on the streets over last year. Authorities are better at counting them but the problem is also getting worse.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 troop and leader Giselle Burgess hug after being honored as the first troop exclusively for homeless girls, at a ceremony at New York City Hall on April 25.
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A Seattle motel converted into a homeless shelter is being torn down, but the shelter will find a permanent home in a new six-story Amazon office building. Above, a sign for the Mary's Place shelter adorns a wall in the former motel in May 2016.
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A Syrian woman and her child sit in their refugee living space in Lebanon. They are featured in Four Walls, a virtual reality presentation by the International Rescue Committee.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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