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RENO, Nev. — A few tents cropped up hard by the railroad tracks, pitched by men left with nowhere to go once the emergency winter shelter closed for the summer.
Then others appeared — people who had lost their jobs to the ailing economy, or newcomers who had moved to Reno for work and discovered no one was hiring.
Within weeks, more than 150 people were living in tents big and small, barely a foot apart in a patch of dirt slated to be a parking lot for a campus of shelters Reno is buildin
Anyway, as to the OP, I keep hearing about this new homeless situation, yet I am failing to see any great abundance of new homeless people.
One thing to also consider is that rent has doubled or tripled in many areas in the last few years, due to the bubble. In a way some of these folks caused their own problem by purchasing houses they could not afford and getting into such trouble financially they can't even cover rent.
I blame that one on the Banks for letting people take out variable rate mortgages who clearly did not understand the papers they were signing.