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The State of Homelessness in America Report Suggests Risk of Homelessness Persists for Many American Families
Press Releases | January 19, 2012
Contact: Catherine An
The State of Homelessness in America Report
Suggests Risk of Homelessness Persists for Many American Families
Despite a slight decrease in the overall number of people experiencing homelessness, indicators suggest that homelessness may affect more and more Americans in the coming years. In a report to be released at a press conference Wednesday, January 18, the National Alliance to End Homelessness examines the levels of homelessness at both state and national levels, and also examines issues related to homelessness including severe housing cost burden, doubling up, unemployment, and foreclosure.
“What’s remarkable here is that despite the recession and its aftermath, homelessness did not increase,” said Nan Roman, president of the Alliance. “That appears to be due to $1.5 billion federal Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program – a stimulus initiative focused on preventing a recession-related increase in homelessness. The program worked, but the funds are nearly gone. In addition, persistent unemployment, rising housing cost burden, and an increase in doubled up households suggest heightened risk of homelessness for more and more Americans. In order to prevent a rise in homelessness in the future, we need to prioritize a safety net for the most vulnerable, and to ramp up investment in proven, housing-centered solutions.”
The State of Homelessness is the second in an annual series. For more information and access to the full report, please visit the Alliance website: http://www.endhomelessness.org/content/article/detail/4361.