Thurman Butler Jr., 66, who is homeless, sweeps around his tent Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. "A lot of people in America don't realize they might be two checks, three checks, four checks away from being homeless," said Butler who became homeless after he was evicted from his apartment. A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, and its victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region's success: soaring housing costs, rock-bottom vacancy rates and a roaring economy that waits for no one.
Thurman Butler Jr., 66, who is homeless, sweeps around his tent Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. "A lot of people in America don't realize they might be two checks, three checks, four checks away from being homeless," said Butler who became homeless after he was evicted from his apartment. A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, and its victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region's success: soaring housing costs, rock-bottom vacancy rates and a roaring economy that waits for no one. Jae C. Hong AP Photo
Thurman Butler Jr., 66, who is homeless, sweeps around his tent Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. "A lot of people in America don't realize they might be two checks, three checks, four checks away from being homeless," said Butler who became homeless after he was evicted from his apartment. A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, and its victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region's success: soaring housing costs, rock-bottom vacancy rates and a roaring economy that waits for no one. Jae C. Hong AP Photo

West Coast news organizations examine rise in homelessness

December 07, 2017 02:40 PM

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