I quickly realized, homeless people listen to and trust other homeless people.

I chose to include the comma to ensure readers understand it was the 'listen to' and 'trust' that I realized and not only the homeless people. If I don't use the comma, I'm concerned some readers will misinterpret the sentence to mean, "I quickly realized there are homeless people who listen to and trust other homeless people."

I cannot find any information that will answer my question.

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    I'd replace the comma with the word "that". – BoldBen Mar 2 at 1:26
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    The comma only confuses. BoldBen's suggestion is a good one. – Hot Licks Mar 2 at 1:35
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    Reporting Verbs – Phil Sweet Mar 2 at 3:40
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    Yes @BoldBen solves the riddle, though your two versions and no comma or 'there' all amount to practically the same thing. I could also live with—an em dash or a colon announcing your insight. – Yosef Baskin Mar 2 at 4:29

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