New Orleans Evacuees Need Housing and Support Services Together

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National Alliance to End Homelessness

Solutions Brief | October 16, 2006

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The disaster in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has created hundreds of thousands of homeless people. Some of them—the ones with more resources and stronger support networks—will quickly find their own way back into housing, although not without displacement, substantial financial consequence, and tremendous personal anguish. Others, however, will need more help getting back into housing and on their feet. Two decades of research have concluded that lack of stable, permanent housing results in serious consequences. In the absence of stable housing stress goes up, child performance in school goes down, treatment regimens fail and employment becomes difficult to gain or maintain. We must rapidly get those made homeless by the hurricane back into permanent housing.