The Post-Recession Homelessness Epidemic

In America’s fastest-recovering cities, increasing numbers of families are finding themselves without a place to call home.

Story by Aaron Wiener

Published on Jul 21, 2014

Common wisdom suggests that major American cities are finally on the rebound from the recession and things are looking bright. Yet despite encouraging signs such as decreased unemployment and increasing construction, a disturbing trend is shadowing the growth. In cities such as Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco and San Diego, the number of homeless families has increased by more than 20 percent since 2010. Journalist Aaron Wiener investigates the troubling rise of family homeless in America’s most seemingly robust urban economies.