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April 2, 2015
Report: Homelessness Declines Nationally, but Lack of Affordable Housing Threatens Progress
Washington, DC – During a period of economic growth for the nation when unemployment decreased in nearly every state, the rate of homelessness fell by just 2.3 percent, and the number of people at risk of homelessness has yet to return to pre-recession levels. This according to “The State of Homelessness in America 2015” report from the Homelessness Research Institute at the National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance).
Though national data show that targeted funding for homeless programs is reducing homelessness, the number of low-income people living in doubled-up situations with family and friends is growing, and the number of poor renter households who must pay more than 50 percent of their income toward housing remains at a historic high, demonstrating that the affordable housing crisis threatens progress.
"Communities have worked hard to take advantage of the improvement in the economy, and we have reduced the number of people who experience homelessness," said Nan Roman, president and CEO of the Alliance. “This is good news, but the increase in rents is outpacing what low income people earn, leaving a growing number of people at risk of homelessness in the future."
The report examines national and state trends in homelessness, risk of homelessness, and the assistance that is available for people experiencing homelessness.
Contact: Emanuel Cavallaro
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonprofit, non-partisan, organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. As a leading voice on the issue of homelessness, the Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions; works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity; and provides data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.