Bussed Out: How America Moves Its Homeless

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A detailed and grave look at how the U.S. treats the homeless population, and what happens once they are “bussed out” (sometimes in exchange for being banned from shelters in the cities they’re leaving). The article is accompanied by a series of compelling maps and visualizations.

“Cities have been offering homeless people free bus tickets to relocate elsewhere for at least three decades. In recent years, homeless relocation programs have become more common, sprouting up in new cities across the country and costing the public millions of dollars.

But until now there has never been a systematic, nationwide assessment of the consequences. Where are these people being moved to? What impact are these programs having on the cities that send and the cities that receive them? And what happens to these homeless people after they reach their destination?

In an 18-month investigation, the Guardian has conducted the first detailed analysis of America’s homeless relocation programs, compiling a database of around 34,240 journeys and analyzing their effect on cities and people.

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