Though numbering near 2.5 million, homeless youth in the U.S. seep through the cracks -- undetected, unaccounted for, and also increasingly from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population.
NCR Today: Francis has said that to not engage with others as a human being is a “spirituality of illusion.”
The displacement of the homeless people comes amid the pope's repeated calls for greater income equality and social inclusion of the poor.
NCR Today: The Vatican has released the official transcript of the pope's visit with the homeless at St. Patrick Parish.
Rent and house prices have soared in San Mateo County in California. San Mateo has no rent control, so landlords raise prices as much as they can get away with.
Self-made millionaire and Catholic Rick Kearney has spent the last 28 years building an outreach of ministries for the homeless and needy of Tallahassee.
Pope Francis will open a homeless shelter on the edge of Vatican City, the latest move by the pontiff to help poor people in Rome.
The shelter is under construction on Via Penitenzieri, just a few steps away from the Vatican walls, a Holy See spokeswoman said.
Once completed, the center will be run by volunteers, who will host 30 people at a time.
Setting up a shelter is just one of a few initiatives by Pope Francis to highlight the suffering of homeless people in the Italian capital.
Between the White House and the U.S. Capitol -- a two-mile terrain where inaugural parades along Pennsylvania Avenue are staged for new presidents -- lies the homeless belt of America. At various sites, the Father McKenna Center, Mount Carmel House, House of Ruth, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House, Zacchaeus Community Kitchen, Rachel's Women's Center, N Street Village and the Capital Area Food Bank have been among the havens where beds, meals and other mercies are available to people who need and deserve them.
The service will require volunteers and donations of soap, towels and clean underwear. "We have to be evangelical, but intelligent, too."
Making a Difference: Just imagine for a moment that you have no home. What will you do for meals today? If you have children, how will you provide for them?