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Thousands of Californians are working while homeless, and many don’t want their boss to know

Often one of the first steps to helping people out of homelessness is getting them a steady job.

But what about the thousands of homeless Californians who are already working?

Pinning down exactly how many Californians are working while homeless is not easy. Many try to hide it. And it’s certainly true that most people without a place to live are out of work.

But recent estimates suggest that it’s not uncommon for homeless Californians to hold down jobs.

A 2017 survey of the homeless population in San Francisco found 13 percent of respondents reporting part or full-time employment. That’s in a city with an estimated 7,499 people experiencing homelessness.

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