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Crisis of homelessness gripping West Coast, explained

November 9, 2017
In this Sept. 19, 2017 photo, a man sleeps in a doorway in downtown Portland, Ore. On any given night, and often during the day, dozens of people sleep or camp on the sidewalks and parks of downtown Portland, as the rising crisis of homelessness becomes more visible. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

An explosion of homeless people on America’s West Coast is pushing cities and towns to the brink. The Associated Press deployed a team of journalists to chronicle the crisis, find explanations and identify potential solutions.

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