10 Reasons Homeless People Sleep Out in the Cold – and Die

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10 Reasons Homeless People Sleep Out in the Cold – and Die

10 Reasons Homeless People Sleep Out in the Cold – and Die

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Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on December 12, 2012. Enjoy.

You can’t miss them when you walk around a city: shapeless masses pressed up against buildings or into corners. Homeless people sleeping outside, even now when the temperature is cold and dropping. The lucky ones preserve their body heat under a pile of blankets; others make do with cardboard boxes or layers of clothes.

Some die. About 700 a year in the United States. The solution seems obvious: their lives would be saved if they slept in the warmth of a homeless shelter. But there aren’t enough shelter beds to go around, and some of the beds that do exist come with very unappealing…

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