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OPINION: A double whammy for the homeless

A homeless teenager in Milwaukee who goes by the nickname "Purple" stands on Sept. 25 amid the makeshift tent city he lives beneath Interstate 794 in the city's downtown. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the city and county of Milwaukee have been working for weeks to clear people out from under the overpass. Local officials say the site might eventually be used for a “green” infrastructure project meant to reduce pollution. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

The pandemic has only exacerbated homelessness throughout Wisconsin. Since COVID-19 hit in March, ever more people have come to live in tent encampments in Madison, Milwaukee, Wausau, Green Bay and La Crosse, according to the Wisconsin Coalition Against Homelessness.

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