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Yes it is here and it's mainly due to a lack of affordable housing. One of our shelters, Interfaith Sanctuary, had to turn away 20 people out in the cold a few nights ago due to lack of space. Thankfully the Rescue Mission still has plenty of room but they have stricter rules; can't be drunk and/or disorderly.

Can't understand why some, as described by the woman in the video, would rather sleep outdoors in a tent during winter than follow a few rules but regardless, a big concern moving forward is where are those staying in the shelters going to move to. Some have jobs and money saved up but cannot even qualify for an overpriced apartment.

The larger cities in this part of the country: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego have a huge "tent city" population and housing costs that are even more insane. Though it's not nearly that bad in Boise yet; that could be our future if we don't take building enough affordable housing much more seriously.
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beaniecat

  4 months ago
Yes, here in Fort Myers, FL the homelessness is increasing rapidly. And, it is definitely due to a lack of affordable housing. We have many people moving here but they are obviously those that can afford high priced homes or expensive apartments. The 'workers' in the middle income range cannot afford the expensive apartments. Plus, it is extremely difficult to even find an apartment to rent here! It is a mess!
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pr41799

  4 months ago
We do have homeless people in my town, but I don't believe the number is increasing.
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FIRSTABOREAN_8395

  4 months ago
Yes, it is so. The two main causes of the building shortage in Los Angeles are: (1) The huge and costly amount of red tape if one is to build any housing; it makes low-cost housing prohibitively expensive. (2) The second main significant cause is zoning restrictions.
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lcurts38

  4 months ago
I'm not sure in our area but across the river in Louisville, Ky. it is.
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d8965778

  4 months ago
YES, AND IT'S SO SAD
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pc1976

  4 months ago
Yes, we have more homeless than we did a few years ago. I live in a small town with a state park and a friend that works at the state park and the homeless can camp out in a tent there but it's $27 a night and they are only allowed to stay 10 nights before they have to move on. I live in a small town and our homeless shelter is full to capacity every night and lots more come for lunch. We are struggling to get enough food to feel all the ones that come just for lunch. I don't know what we are going to do.
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Pinktroll

  4 months ago
Substance abuse and mental illness make up for a huge amount of the homeless population as does Veterans. They either can't or won't follow those rules set by shelters including the curfew times because of their problems. Most shelters also have time limits on the amount of time (week, month, etc.) that anyone can stay. Shelters generally do not allow people in during the daytime. They come in the evenings before curfews and are let out in the mornings either with or without some type of meals. That is one of the reasons that you see so many homeless in the libraries during the day, unless the libraries have limited the amounts or time they can come in too. There are more homeless families now due to the virus as well. There are more people that have lost their jobs, rents have risen a lot just like the cost of buying homes has. People that spent their stimulus checks on things other than necessities, those that kept relying on those child tax credit checks, lack of affording childcare or availability of childcare with this virus, schools closed, all stopping people from working. A couple of weeks ago there was an apartment fire that left 48 people homeless. The fire was started by a person with severe mental illness. Those people were taken in by a college using an empty gym, but none of them will have the money to get a different apartment. The amount of homeless people could drop if they just started with addressing the families and people that can work and get them started somewhere. The larger issue of substance abuse and mental illness will always be a problem that unless we can provide a lot of care regarding those issues will never go away. Most of the people out on the streets with mental illness REFUSE to take their medications and they have that right according to the law. That means that many are violent and a danger to themselves and others. We don't have facilities like there used to be to keep them safe from themselves or others safe from them unless they end up committing terrible crimes that gets them sentenced to those types of facilities.
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dellis1996

  4 months ago
Yes, sadly! We have a local organization called the Russ Bus in our county that tries to help any of them that are willing to get help. They have built small little houses through out the county, like little camps and they provide them with their necessities and one hot meal a day. They eventually help them get jobs. It's pretty great. Sometimes if they are out of room they will rent them a room in one of the local cheap motels, during the harsh winter months.
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2rallan

  4 months ago
I believe that it could be--even though my area is trying to find places for them. Rental prices (not to mention housing costs) are prohibitive here.
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slycke1

  4 months ago
Yes...and it's becoming increasingly predominant that for many of the "homeless," they don't WANT homes or to get off the streets. Perhaps the way to go is to give a chance but, if it isn't taken, they're on their own?
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