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Stanley Timmings looks out of the window of the RV where he lives with his girlfriend on the streets of Seattle. Earlier in the year, the couple lost the room they were renting when the owner died of cancer, and they were unable to find another room or an apartment that they could afford, so they bought the RV for $300. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

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Amid booming economy, homelessness soars on West Coast

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