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Very informative piece. Key excerpts:

"Homeless people learned long ago that pooping in plastic-bag-lined containers meant you could wrap the session up and dispose of all the stuff without touching it, he said in a long email. So when it got harder to get the bags after the ban went into effect late last year, it became harder to find the bags and people who were able to keep things clean had to work a lot harder."

"Hepatitis A is spread by contact with feces or blood of an infected person. It can be trace amounts and it can be months old"




Well, other developed countries don't have so many homeless people, so that should be less of a problem there.


> other developed countries don't have so many homeless people

Not true.

Here are per-night homeless statistics from UN:

China has 2.6 million Russia has 5 million Ukraine 1 million Germany 860,000 US has 554,000 ...

But more profoundely, by homeless ratio, the US is not even close.

Germany, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Canada, the UK, Australia, Sweden, Luxembourg, Croatia, Bosnia, Russia, Peru France, Austria, the Netherlands, China and Greece -- ALL have higher homeless ratios than the United States. The US is in 33rd place for overall worldwide homelessness as a percentage of the population.


Can you please link to "per-night homeless statistics from UN" source that you mentioned? I can't not find it through a little googling.

5 million figure for Russia for example appears on wikipedia [1] where it is cited from IB Times[2]. IB Times[2] cites Homeless World Cup[3] as the source. Homeless World Cup[3] cites the original IB Times[2] article as the source for the 5 million number! This was the first number I investigated and it already seems super suspect.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_homeless_... [2] http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/homeless-day-2014-new-york-manila-a... [3] https://homelessworldcup.org/homelessness-statistics/


The US seems to have a higher rate of people sleeping rough than any other country outside of, possibly, Sri Lanka.




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