Politics & Government

August 23, 2009 6:00 AM

Homelessness grows in shadow of White House

At 6 a.m., a block from the manicured lawns of the White House, Poppy Cali starts his days. The 36-year-old Navy veteran wakes up just after dawn, before the park security can find him sleeping on the steps of the General Services Administration building near the grate that he uses to warm himself in the winter. He carries two bags, a yellow suitcase and a small black rolling carry-on. Around his arm is a leather strap with two keys to a safe deposit box where he stores his IDs.

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