With a population of more than 2.3 million, the city of Morro Bay, in the north of the Argentine province of Buenos Aires, is the capital of Argentina’s second-largest province.
Its hotels, bars, and restaurants have attracted millions of visitors annually.
But Morro, located at the northern tip of the Falkland Islands, is also home to one of the worlds largest campsites for the homeless.
“It’s very common to see tents,” says Maria Rangel, a local activist who runs the homeless shelter, “and people are living there for a long time.”
“In fact, it’s called the Morro homeless shelter,” she says.
The camp is located in the tiny city of Sotros, nestled on the banks of a river, and the locals, including the locals themselves, are known to live there for as long as they can.
They also have the most stringent rules about what is and isn’t allowed inside the tent.
In December, an elderly man, Luis, was found sleeping on the sidewalk.
A day later, another man, Carlos, was arrested and charged with trespassing.
“They had already been sleeping in this street for weeks, and now they were arrested for trespassing,” says Rangel.
In the days that followed, Carlos was charged with several offenses, including assaulting police officers.
On the same day, a judge found him not guilty of the assault charge.
But Carlos was later released on bail and taken to a shelter.
The next morning, Carlos woke up and found a tent full of homeless people sleeping on his porch.
He tried to get help, but the police were already there.
“I told them that I had just found a homeless guy who had died of dehydration and dehydration had already left,” he says.
“But they said, ‘We don’t want to see you again.'”
He told the police that he was sleeping in the tent because he was hungry, and then he began to feel sick.
“As soon as I started to get sick, I ran away and ran to the police station.
I asked them for help, and they gave me medicine, but I was already in terrible pain,” Carlos tells Newsweek.
The police arrested Carlos for “unlawful assembly” and he was later taken to the hospital, where he died a few hours later.
Carlos’ story, and others like it, are emblematic of the kind of situations many Argentines find themselves in when they are homeless.
And it’s not just in Buenos Aires.
In Buenos Aires alone, more than one-third of the homeless population live in shelters.
The shelters themselves are run by private entities, often owned by the city itself.
“We are working on a lot of different strategies to deal with this issue, which is something that is very important for the city and for the country,” says Carlos.
For many Argentinos, their homelessness is the main reason they stay in Argentina, says Carlos, who has also been a guest at a hostel and a shelter for the elderly.
In addition to the shelter, the government also provides food, and many homeless people have been able to get a job, as long they can afford to pay for it.
“Most of them, who have nothing, have had to work as a street sweepers, because there’s no other job available,” he explains.
But the situation is not always that simple.
For some, there’s a financial barrier to moving.
The government, for example, does not fund the homeless shelters, so the people who are allowed to stay there often don’t get paid at all.
The homeless, in turn, rely on a number of services to survive: food, shelter, health care, and, for some, even legal assistance.
The legal system has a long and complicated history of dealing with homeless people.
The first cases of legal homelessness were reported in Argentina in the 1980s.
Since then, homeless people in Argentina have faced a range of obstacles to getting the support they need, from being arrested and prosecuted to having their rights taken away from them.
And despite the efforts of the government and some NGOs to solve the problem, it takes a lot for people to get back on their feet, says Rios Marro, a social worker and activist.
“These shelters are not places where they can just go and find food,” she adds.
“In Argentina, there are so many services, and even legal support, that these people are not able to find.”
And these services are often only available in the most isolated parts of the country.
“A person needs to have a house and a job to be able to afford to buy a house,” says Marro.
And that’s why the shelters are the most common place for many Argentinas to find these services, says Maro.
But as more and more Argentinas struggle with homelessness, they are finding that there are no safe places to live.
In October, the country’s parliament passed a bill to legalize