I read an article on Reuters about libraries titled U.S. libraries become front line in fight against homelessness by Ian Simpson. In the article, Simpson writes the following:
Libraries are magnets for the homeless since they are public, free, centrally located and quiet. They also are safe, a major draw given that 337 homeless people have been killed in hate crimes in the last 15 years, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.
"(Libraries) are on the front line whether they want to or not," said Jeremy Rosen, director of advocacy at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, an advocacy group.
The upturn in homeless outreach is part of an overall 47 percent increase in library programs from 2004 to 2011, according to a June report by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.Click on the above link to read the entire story and learn about some of the programs geared towards fighting homelessness.