The Desperate and the Dead: The hidden cost of homelessness

Homeless people are often ignored by the public, living on the margins, many struggling with severe mental illness and addiction, discarded by a world that has given up on them. But, in some quarters, the chronically homeless loom like giants, challenging and sometimes overwhelming the front-line workers charged with sorting out their problems. For police and courts and caseworkers who manage mental health care, for jails and emergency rooms, homeless people are not forgotten; it’s just that efforts to help so often fail.

– Boston Globe

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