INVESTIGATION

Shelter Stakes

As homelessness surged, Allegheny County and Pittsburgh scrambled, and those without shelter tried to adapt.

  • People wait to get in the Smithfield United Church of Christ shelter in the minutes before it opens for the night on May 8, 2023, in downtown Pittsburgh. Above the wooden door, a sign reads "Smithfield." Beside, a sign reads "HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY." Underneath, people hold their bags and gather tightly to get their spot in the shelter. (Photo by Stephanie Strasburg/Rtvsrece)

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