Anyone interested in reading more on this topic, I rec. this book. It's about people who are near-homeless, not fully homeless, but it's one of the best things I've read on the topic. The author lived with the subjects for several years & does a superlative job of telling their story in that sort of explanatory way (not judgmental or absolving) that HN readers seem to appreciate.
https://www.amazon.com/Evicted-Poverty-Profit-American-City/...(excerpt of the book here: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/02/08/forced-out)
(excerpt of the book here: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/02/08/forced-out)
It's definitely sympathetic to the plight of the very low income tenants but not unjustly so; anyway I found it fascinating and worth recommending here: