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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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.
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Homeless people and their tents line a canal in Honolulu in June 2015. Hours after a city crew cleared the banks of the canal, the homeless people that had been living there moved right back to the riverside.
Pope Francis walks up the stairs at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to New York, after visiting Washington where he spoke to a joint meeting of Congress and ate lunch with some 300 homeless people.
Jordan McClellan gets help making lunch from daughter Kyra Brooks in their apartment in Southeast Washington, D.C. McClellan has been fighting homelessness for most of her adult life, living in family shelters and transitional housing until she was moved into the rapid rehousing program.
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