Homeless in America

On June 28, CityLab is taking part in a national conversation about the homeless crisis, and possible solutions.

The Disappearing Downtown Shelter

Emergency shelters-of-last-resort are being squeezed out of America’s downtowns. And the federal government isn’t likely to help them out.

Smarter Design for Skid Row

Providing decent shelter for people experiencing homelessness is both a political and practical challenge.

A row of Victorian homes in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco's Civil War Over Affordable Housing

The country’s most expensive rental market grapples with high rents, homelessness, and the politics of Bay Area tenant activism.

Books on a shelf of the Brooklyn Public Library's Bedford branch

Helping Homeless New Yorkers by the Books

With a new resident social worker, the Brooklyn Public Library is pushing staff and patrons toward a culture of inclusivity.

William Ware looks at his reflection in a broken shard of mirrored glass in an empty field near downtown Antioch. Homelessness has grown by about a third in Antioch, according to Contra Costa County Point-in-Time homelessness count in 2016.

In the Bay Area, Homelessness Is Reaching Out Into the Suburbs

Communities like Antioch, where homelessness has spiked in recent years, haven’t been prepared to handle the growing need.

Mack Donohue, who has been homeless since 2008, carries his belongings into a shelter in Boston, Massachusetts February 27, 2015.

Rethinking Homeless Shelters From the Ground Up

One nonprofit wants to reward results, and change the funding model in the process.

A final rendering of the new La Casa Norte permanent supportive housing development.

Designing Dignity in Housing for Chicago's Most Vulnerable

The permanent supportive housing model includes community spaces, a clinic, and a cafe, and aims to help residents put down roots.

Homeless individuals inside a shelter in Vienna in 2010

How Vienna Solved Homelessness

What lessons could Seattle draw from their success?

Today: Homeless in America

Why we’re sharing stories about homelessness today.

A homeless person sleeps on the steps of Federal Hall on Wall St. in New York City

The Unsung Government Program That Gives Federal Property to the Homeless

Say hello to Title V, a shockingly sensible way to tap into a vast amount of property sitting unused in American cities.