Drive the highway between Manchester and Concord, and maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the tarps and tents lining sections of the Merrimack River and the train tracks. When winter shelters close, homeless people find refuge outdoors, in public—but that’s an act that’s often against the law.
And with no unified policy to work with, New Hampshire’s city officials and homeless residents tend it to make it up as they go.
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