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Counting the homeless

Housing & Homelessness
Poverty & Family Economics


By Noel King

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases data on homeless Americans each year, and those numbers are always open to debate. Bruce Lesley is the president of First Focus, which advocates for homeless families. He said HUD’s definition is limited.

“They look at things like families who are staying in homeless shelters, families who are on the streets, parks, light-rail stations, tunnels, those kinds of things,” Lesley said…

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