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As housing costs soar in major cities, more Americans are living behind the wheel. Although the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development doesn’t collect national data on vehicle residency, unsheltered homelessness—a category that includes people sleeping in vehicles—is on the rise.

1. Are all of these individuals poor? What are some of the examples that the article lists?
2. Do you agree or disagree that local governments should legislate vehicle residency out of existence? What are the costs and benefits of this?
3. What are the costs and benefits of safe zones for vehicle residency? Should they be funded by city housing departments?
4. Can you suggest a better plan?

Pollard, A. (2018). Living Behind the Wheel. Slate, Aug. 20 (Retrievable online at