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As rents rise, so does California homelessness

Homelessness has shot up in California and elsewhere on the West Coast over the past two years, a federal report said Wednesday, as rising rents and other housing pressures forced more people from the margins onto the street. California’s homeless population went up 14 percent, to 134,278 — the most by far of any state, and representing 31 percent of all the homeless people in the U.
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