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Without A Home Can You Be A Good Neighbor?

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Kyle Vass
"Tent City" near St. Albans, WV

Homelessness is one of the things that divides us in America. It’s an Us & Them issue that can spring from, and inform our views on other social topics.

The number of homeless people nationally has dropped in the past decade, but there was an increase between 2017 and 2018. A West Virginia man saw a need and is trying to help. He owns and supports a homeless encampment that gives people a place to live. At the same time, he balances the reaction from local residents who worry about homeless people who are now, their neighbors.

For more from WVPB on the topic of homelessness, see these stories:

Kyle Vass, co-produced this report. This episode of Us & Them is presented with support from the CRC Foundation and the West Virginia Humanities Council. Subscribe to Us & Them on Apple Podcasts, NPR One, RadioPublic, Spotify, Stitcher and beyond. You also can listen to Us & Them on WVPB Radio - Tune in on the fourth Thursday of every month at 8 PM, with an encore presentation on the fourth Saturday at 3 PM.

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