At any given time, roughly half a million people in the U.S. live in homeless shelters or on the street. Many millions more live right on the brink, scrambling each month to keep a roof over their heads. About 1 in 14 people in the country experience homelessness at some point, and the ripple effects are felt throughout American society: in schools, churches, hospitals, libraries, subway stations.
While this issue affects every community around the country, the way it presents and the response to it can vary widely depending on the place.
If you’re someone who has experienced homelessness or housing insecurity, or if your work connects you to the issue in some way, Headway wants to hear from you.
Over the next few months, Headway will publish several stories about homelessness in the U.S., and in the coming years, we will continue to delve into housing insecurity and informal housing, which includes encampments, favelas and other unregulated and unplanned housing around the world.
We’ve been spending time with people who are experiencing homelessness as well as talking with experts, shelter workers, politicians, landlords, case managers and health care providers.
We want to learn more about the people affected and the stories we should be telling, which is why we’re asking for help.