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Out of the Shadows: Hope on the Streets | Knoxville's homeless

In the mid-80s, homeless camps were scattered. From Broadway to buildings downtown, to Western Avenue and a string of camps along the railroad tracks, experts found homelessness spread out across the city. Flash forward 30 years and we find a much greater density of homeless in a small area near shelters along Broadway.

Lauren Hoar, WBIR Staff

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WBIR aired a 30-minute special on homelessness in Knoxville at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. You can re-watch that special at the bottom of this article. 

The most recent data shows more than 9,000 people in Knoxville received some kind of homeless services in 2016.

But, the number of people on the streets at any given time is constantly changing. The data comes from an annual report on the homeless in Knoxville.

Every time 10News posted a story about homelessness on our Facebook page, over the last six months you told us exactly what you think of the issue.

If you've driven down North Broadway near Downtown Knoxville, you know homelessness is a problem. But what is really causing it?

Is anyone doing anything about it?

And is there anything you can do to help?