Photos show what it’s like for Silicon Valley’s ‘working homeless,’ who live down the street from tech giants

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A man skates past a row of RVs where people live and sleep in the heart of Silicon Valley in Mountain View, California.

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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.

The area's tech-industry boom has created a new economic class: the working homeless.
Albert Brown III, who works as a security officer, looks out onto the street near his work.

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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.

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.
Albert Brown III, who works as a security officer, talks to a friend after the end of his shift.

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Source: AP

“We still need to eat,” said Tes Saldana, who works in the restaurants of two hotels in Palo Alto, California. She lives with her three adult sons in a camper she parks on the street.

A man skates past a row of RVs where people live and sleep in Mountain View, California.

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

An influx of tech workers along with decades of under-building has created a historic housing shortage in the San Francisco Bay Area. The cost of living is sky-high.

An influx of tech workers along with decades of under-building has created a historic housing shortage in the San Francisco Bay Area. The cost of living is sky-high.
A for-sale sign is posted outside a home in Sunnyvale, California.

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In 2016, nearly one-third of people living in California put more than half their total income toward rent and utilities, according to a report by the California Budget & Policy Center.

In 2016, nearly one-third of people living in California put more than half their total income toward rent and utilities, according to a report by the California Budget & Policy Center.
Delmi Ruiz sits inside an RV where her family lives and sleeps in Mountain View, California.

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Source: Los Angeles Times

Working-class wages don’t stretch far in a city like San Jose, where the median rent is $3,500 a month. Food service workers make a median…

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