When it comes to homelessness, it's not just about circumstances or misfortune. Often it's about the local government's budget distribution that attacks the community's most vulnerable. As of 2016, Washington, DC had the highest per capita rate of homelessness in the country. With its sky-high rents, the city is one of the least affordable places to live in the US. To afford a 2-bedroom apartment here, a minimum-wage worker would have to work 104 hours a week. Rania Khalek spoke with DC residents who struggle hard to make ends meet, about what it's like being homeless in the capital of the richest country on Earth.
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As of 2016, DC had the highest per capita rate of homelessness in the US, with more than 15,000 people experiencing homelessness over the course of a typical year. DC’s rising unaffordability has altered the city’s demographic landscape. It was America’s first city to have a black majority, but in 2011 the black population dropped below 50% for the first time in more than 50 years. We wanted to find out why and meet the families affected by this injustice.
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