Subsidy helps house homeless

Nonprofit provides assistance in Silicon Valley slums

Posted: July 6, 2014 at 3:36 a.m.

In this June 3, 2014 photo, Maria Esther Salazar rests inside her tent in the Jungle, a homeless encampment in San Jose, Calif. A homeless person can cost an estimated $60,000 a year, including trips to the emergency room and jail. The cost of housing someone can be just $16,000 a year. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- She's a disheveled woman, upper teeth gone, heavy bags slung over her shoulders as she nervously urges on two friends shoving her overloaded shopping cart up a dirt slope. Maria Esther Salazar has been either homeless, in jail or squatting at someone else's house for 30 years.

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