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Seniors are flooding homeless shelters that can’t care for them

Nearly a quarter of a million people55 or older are estimated by the government to have been homeless in the United States during at least part of 2019, the most recent reliable federal count available. They represent a particularly vulnerable segment of the 70 million Americans born after World War II known as the baby boom generation, the youngest of whom turn 59 this year.

Desi Hurd, 62, uses her wheelchair in The Zone. (Caitlin O’Hara for The Washington Post)


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