I've regularly taken the subway and bus out to an affluent suburb during the past 4 years or so. Yesterday, I saw beggars out there for the first time. Three of them. Usually the beggars are in closer to the city. Later, on my return one of them got on the bus. His clothes looked old but his kit was new. He kept his stuff in two water proof plastic stackable boxes, he had a new looking LL Bean sleeping bag, he had several sheets of that plastic stuff that looks like cardboard and he had a new hand truck to haul everything. The newness of his stuff made me imagine that he was newly homeless and had thought things through a bit before he hit the streets. Many homeless people haul their stuff in shopping carts but the hand truck made it possible for him to get on the buss and the subway with his stuff. He had room on the hand truck for one more stackable box.
I've also noticed that the buses have become more crowded out there in the suburbs. When I first began taking classes out there, I'd see one to five other people on the bus. Now its rarely less than 5. I travel at the same times and same routes. I thought maybe the increased public transit use was because people are getting smarter but the sudden appearance of beggars working the intersections out there makes me wonder.