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From Texas Standard:

As the gap between the wealthy and poor has grown in places where the cost of living is high, cities across the country have been struggling with growing populations of people experiencing homelessness – people soliciting passersby, sleeping and living on public streets and in parks. In Austin, where the wealth gap has been skyrocketing, so have the numbers of people living on the streets.

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How many people are currently homeless in Bexar County? How many of them are families, youth, or veterans? All of these questions are assessed through the annual point-in-time count.

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Panhandling is closely tied to homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness.

This kind of solicitation is a concern for area businesses and neighborhood associations, as it can make residents, tourists and drivers feel unsafe or harassed.

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A small army of volunteers and community organizations attempted to count San Antonio's homeless population Thursday night. The process, known as the point-in-time count, is conducted in many communities throughout Texas and the nation.

With guest host Ray Suarez.

Homelessness in America is rising. More and more cities are putting their homeless on buses with one-way tickets out of town. We’ll dig in.

This show airs Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST.


Alastair Gee, homelessness editor for The Guardian. (@alastairgee)


On a single night in January, 23,548 people experienced homelessness in Texas, a 1.8 percent increase over last year, according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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How severe is the problem of youth homelessness in Texas?

Marquan Ellis was evicted from his home in Las Vegas, Nevada when he was 18.

His mother battled with a drug and gambling addiction while he stayed at his godmother's house. But he couldn't stay there forever.

He found his way to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth where he enrolled in the independent living program.

From Texas Standard:

Houston’s controversial ordinance banning public encampments has been in effect for three months. It came as the result of mounting complaints from residents regarding the amount of homeless camps on public property.

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While San Antonio has come a long way since ticketing people living in the streets, there are still many issues to address when it comes to the city's homeless population.