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A volunteer waves her flashlight into an open door frame in an abandoned structure to check for unsheltered homeless individuals during Arlington County’s Point in Time (PIT) count.

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In Tents Not by Choice, But Lack of Choices

Problems with data; police Encounters; shelter and housing.

People experiencing homelessness opt to sleep in areas ‘not designated for human habitation’ because of a lack of affordable housing, especially for those earning below 30 percent of the Area Median Income.


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