I base these classifications on numerous comment threads and private conversations.

The term “homeless” is difficult to discuss due to the disparate definitions and types of homeless people, and different causes for homelessness. To clarify – here are some more numbers by definition.

Homeless groups 1 and 2 are fairly invisible – those are people who can generally access some kind of temporary shelter (family, friends, actual shelters for group 1, hostels w/ day laboring for group 2) fairly consistently.

Almost all discussions of homelessness are actually about group 3, but the numbers are for all 3 groups.

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