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While the popular idea is that the homeless are addicted or mentally ill, experts say a more common story goes like this: A single parent loses a job and ends up on the streets with his or her children. Meanwhile, officials say there is no political upside to solving the problem.

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A new book asks its readers to understand that the homeless in America need homes and serious social and public health services, not arrests, prosecution, police harassment and the continuing criminalization of the poor.

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