Preventing and Ending Homelessness-Next Steps

Across the country, communities are working to end homelessness by investing in Housing First approaches that help families and single adults get back into permanent housing. Until recently, many of these communities were reducing homelessness. Today, the housing crisis and economic recession threatens progress and puts millions of Americans at risk of homelessness. Many expect the homeless numbers to swell-and some communities are already reporting sharp increases, particularly among families.

This brief examines the current state of homelessness, how community responses are changing, what is working, and, most importantly, what policymakers should be doing to move forward, not backward.

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It's amazing that in our society today homelessness is still an issue that affects millions of people, just in the United States alone. With the United States being such a developed and prosperous country, I find it appalling that so many families and individuals are unable to maintain a basic necessity like shelter. I find it appalling because it is our countries system that in many instances is the cause of homelessness in many communities; yet, the system is constantly creating temporary solutions and never addresses the system failures that exist in our country. Every homeless persons story is different, you can't just give everyone a voucher or a temporary shelter. You need to give them life tools, so that they can function in the system. If the system is not changing, people must be equipped to work and live in the system in order to satify all their basic needs.