Tent cities spring up near railroad tracks, bridges, underpasses and wooded areas. They can be quite small with a handful of homeless, or larger inside large city limits. The above picture is a make shift tent and if you click you can see others behind in the woods. Obviously, the police are checking something out. In many areas they are told they can't be there, they're on someone's land, it's a health hazard. Sometimes they're arrested and the belongings bulldozed. Some communities leave them alone.
It's a catch 22, many have no where else to go, yet they don't, in most cases have the legal right to camp wherever they choose. A difficult problem. Some reports suggest abandoned houses ought to be utilized to house homeless, some are building little houses that are merely a place to sleep in locations where tent cities used to be.
I don't know if this is a good solution or one that will catch on and be sustainable, but it's a start and I think it's good to see something being done that's positive.
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