In Silicon Valley — home to tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Apple — tree-lined streets are filling with tents, cots, and dilapidated RVs.
A photo series by the Associated Press shows what life is like for the area’s retail clerks, plumbers, janitors — even teachers — who go to work and sleep where they can.
Silicon Valley has the highest median income in the nation. But a worsening wealth gap has caused homelessness to surge. More than 10,000 people were living without shelter across San Jose and Santa Clara Counties on any given night in 2016, though that figure is probably low.
These photos give us a glimpse of life on the streets in Silicon Valley.
The area’s tech-industry boom has created a new economic class: the working homeless.
In the same affluent, suburban cities where Google, Apple, Facebook, and Tesla built their headquarters, thousands of people work regular jobs and come home to cars and RVs.