For All In Tents

American cities are becoming increasingly expensive and economically divided. Nowhere is that more visible than in the rise (and fall, and rise, and fall) of urban tent encampments. WaPo’s Terrence McCoy: This is Not Me. “Monica, a stout, wavy-haired woman now living in her seventh tent after cleanup crews tossed the others, looked down the busy street and tried to gird herself for the indignities to come. She needed to place her clothing and blankets into black trash bags, take down the blue and gray nylon tent and wheel everything out of eyesight in a shopping cart. Then she would watch as workers wiped away any trace of her from First Street NE, wheel it all back, pitch her tent again, take an ibuprofen p.m. and then sleep it all away until it was time to go to the fast-food restaurant for work.”

+ “There’s a mix of digital illiteracy and a lack of access to technology, along with these emotional barriers like the shame of being homeless, that leads to this perfect storm that can keep people on the street.” The LA Times on a San Francisco nonprofit that helps reunite homeless with family and friends through digital detective work.

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