Homelessness in upstate New York looks very different from street homelessness in a major city. It's more invisible. Folks without housing often: couch surf (stay with friends for night or so then find someone else who can put them up for a few nights), sleep in their car, or sleep in out of the way places. In more suburban areas, homelessness may not be as apparent.
But we do have homelessness... even if we don't see it every day. And it's not the only stereotype single male; we have homeless families and teens who are living on the street or getting by somehow day-to-day ... they may even be folks we interact with every day and don't realize they're homeless. Back in June, Diane Davis, the homelessness liaison for the Saratoga Springs School District said,
"Saratoga Springs City School District
had 157 homeless students this year.
At graduation, 6 students will walk across the stage
and get their diplomas.
They will blend in with the senior class, but at the end of the day they will return to a campground, a motel, or a friend or relative's house not knowing how long they will be able to stay."