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A look at the day-to-day life of an unsheltered Stockton man and how he copes with regular displacement

In early March, William Payne’s long legs peeped out of his small light blue and green tent that he had erected in Downtown Stockton, alongside dozens of other encampments. Laying stretched out next to him, taking up the majority of the tent space was his gray and white 4-year-old pit bull dog, Princess. By late March, Payne had been forced to vacate his tent site because of the city’s encampment cleanup efforts and found shelter on the side of a closed-off highway. Payne is only one out of the 893 unsheltered people living in the streets of Stockton, a city that has been grappling with a growing homeless crisis, according to the 2022 Point-in-Time Count.