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The Jungle is the largest of many Silicon Valley homeless encampments, and the 65 acres bordering Coyote Creek in San Jose can be home to up to 175 people at a time.

From kids to convicts to moms and dads and the mentally ill, The Jungle is a desperate mix of people out of whatever options they might have once had.

When Business Insider visited The Jungle over the course of a week in mid-July the city was getting ready to clear the homeless out again after they had just settled back in from a previous eviction.

It's a back-and-forth with no easy answers as Silicon Valley's cost of living increases, but the jobs and affordable housing needed to keep its poorest residents inside and off the streets remains unseen.
More than 7,600 homeless people are living in Silicon Valley on any given night of the year.

"Two Silicon Valley Moms Prove you can have jobs and still be homeless"

Cecilia and Carol live at an InnVision shelter in San Jose, California. The shelter is intended for families on a lower rung of the transitional housing ladder, but they ended up here after a fire forced them out of the shelter for women and kids they were living in.

Their new InnVision shelter is designed as one of the first steps into the shelter system and its rules are meant to help move people along to "next step" shelters like the one Cecilia and Carol were forced out of due to a fire.

Both mothers hold down jobs.

Cecilia works at an orthodontist's office, and while they provided her braces, they do not offer full-time work or benefits. Carol works nights at a local grocery store and stays with her two kids during the day. She walks 25 minutes along a poorly lit commercial street back to the shelter at midnight after catching the bus "home."
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Silicon Valley is famous for its innovation economy, unfathomable wealth, and quality of life. So it's startling to learn that the Valley is also home to one of the biggest homeless camps in the United States and that it's bucking the trend of decreasing homelessness in the United States. If Silicon Valley can't figure out how to fix the homeless problem, who can? We recently spent some time in one of the largest homeless camps in the Valley, toured homeless shelters in the area, talked to the people who live in these camps and those that try to help them to learn more about the problem. The stories below grew from this investigation. (CLICK AN IMAGE TO SEE THE STORY)