Message from the President

Alliance president Nan Roman offers her perspective on homelessness.

Letter from the President


On any given night in the United States over 600,000 people experience homelessness. They are our neighbors: veterans and families, children and teenagers, elderly people and those with disabilities. Many of them live desperate lives on the streets, in abandoned buildings, and in other places not fit for human habitation. Others find a temporary place to stay in shelters and transitional housing, but without the stability of a home it is difficult for them to address the serious problems that caused their homelessness.

People will always have problems and crises. But in a nation as wealthy as ours, where human life is valued, widespread homelessness need not—and SHOULD not—exist.

Homelessness is a serious and devastating problem, but it is a problem that can be solved. The National Alliance to End Homelessness has been a leader in the movement to marshal the knowledge, expertise, and public and political will to implement the solutions. As a result, even in the face of high housing costs, low incomes, and the many challenges faced by poor and low income people, homelessness continues to decrease.

Though much has been accomplished, much remains to be done. The National Alliance to End Homelessness is up to the challenge.

Nan Roman

President and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness

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