Homelessness is everywhere in Astoria.

It sits next to discussions on the lack of affordable housing. It winds through debates over public safety. It slips into concerns about the eroding quality of life.

As people talk about how to address the challenge, they sketch uncomfortable and contradictory lines.

Volunteers who feed the homeless are discouraged by questions over whether they are helping or enabling. Residents see the need for emergency shelter, but not in their neighborhoods. Some are eager to reach out to the needy, but draw distinctions with the homeless who are on the street by choice.

Read the full article at the Daily Astorian.