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What It’s Like To Experience Homelessness In San Antonio

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San Antonio’s homeless population is sitting at 2,872 people, according to Continuum of Care groups during an annual point-in-time count (PIT) in January. The one night snapshot of San Antonio’s homeless population recorded an overall decrease of 6% compared to 2018’s PIT count.

The reduction in those experiencing homelessness resulted from coordinated outreach efforts from several local entities including South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless and Haven for Hope.

According to Family Promise the most cited reasons for housing insecurity are unemployment, poverty and lack of affordable housing. Nearly 40 million people live below the poverty line in America.

Steve Spriester, anchor for KSAT 12, profiled a few of the 40 million people living below the poverty line who experience homelessness. In the KSAT 12 broadcast special “Life in the Shadows,” several individuals are interviewed, giving audiences a glimpse into what life is like without a home.

What services are available for this vulnerable population? What efforts are currently in place to combat homelessness?

What is being done to provide affordable housing? What is the housing first initiative? What resources are there for people who have addictions and live on the streets? 

How many families with young children experience homelessness?

View a livestream video of today's show on KSAT.com. 

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*This interview was recorded on Wednesday, October 30.

Jan Ross Piedad is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.