The Homeless: Brick by Brick

The Homeless: Brick by Brick

It is a political problem with a painfully human face. Unlike the arcane theories of Star Wars or the complex calculations of the budget deficit, homelessness is no abstraction. The homeless confront urban dwellers every day: sleeping on sidewalks and park benches, begging pedestrians for loose change, huddling in doorways for shelter or meandering the streets muttering to themselves. In cities that have flourished during the Reagan years, there are more homeless today than at any time since the Great Depression.

On any given night, an estimated 735,000 people in the U.S. are homeless. As many as 2 million may be...

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