They sleep in beaten vehicles and tents in the woods. Doubled up with family or friends in worn apartments and ratty motel rooms. Huddled under bridges and in crowded shelters.
We like to think they come here from elsewhere, and some do. But Madison creates its own homeless every day as a brutal rental market and low-wage jobs conspire against them. Second chances are few for anyone with little means, a criminal past or a low credit score.