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Homeless for the Holidays

The return of Christmas lights and stockings may signal the best season of all to some, but it also commences a season of survival mode for the homeless.

This article is from Issue 60: Nov/Dec 2012

On any given night in the United States, approximately 800,000 homeless people are out on the streets. And on winter nights, when temperatures drop below freezing in much of the country, the streets can be incredibly dangerous.

According to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, homeless people are three to six times more likely to become ill—and develop hypothermia or frostbite—than those who have a place to call home.