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Making a van or an RV into a home




RV's and tents line the empty lots of Manchester Square.
RV's and tents line the empty lots of Manchester Square.
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Homelessness has grown in Los Angeles County—with nearly 60,000 people on the streets, in shelters, and in cars as of last count. And as homelessness has become a normal part of LA life, some unusual economies have also grown up around the phenomenon.

As homelessness has risen in Los Angeles, there has also been an increase in non working, or barely working vehicles sitting on streets around the county. For many, these vans, cars and RV's have become a type of shelter for thousands of men, women, and families.

Take Two's A Martinez spoke about a new report by KPCC’s Rina Palta.