The reality is that this encampment represents a tiny fraction of the city's homeless population. On any given night, Baltimore has about 3,000 people experiencing homelessness, and maybe significantly more given the difficulty of conducting an accurate census of those on the streets, much less those who may be sleeping on the couch of a friend or relative. Many others who are housing insecure — witness the frenzy that accompanied Baltimore's lottery for Section 8 vouchers. Some 74,000 people applied for one of 25,000 slots on a waiting list. Only about 6,000 to 9,000 of them are expected to get vouchers, and the list won't open again until 2020. The need for affordable housing and for services like eviction prevention is overwhelming, but resources are scarce. The city has set aside some vouchers to help house the homeless, but that merely robs from those who are slightly higher on the economic ladder and makes them more housing insecure. It is, as one advocate put it, like bailing out the bathtub without turning off the faucet.