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Increasing Affordable Housing to Address Homelessness

Center for American Progress

One of the major causes of homelessness is lack of affordable housing according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. No Place Like Home: Addressing Poverty and Homelessness in the United States, by Tracey Ross, tells us that only one in four households eligible for rental assistance actually receives it, resulting in overwhelming demand and long waitlists.

Contributing to this issue is the fact that rents have increased at a faster rate than incomes which has resulted in an increase of households with a severe housing cost burden (paying more than 50% of their income towards housing).

The report reviews federal efforts to combat homelessness, local best practices, and failed strategies. It presents a number of recommendations to address the issue of homelessness:

  • Aligning homeless and mainstream services
  • Expand affordable housing
  • Increase access to affordable housing
  • Support the financing of affordable housing
  • Increase economic stability and address income inequality

Click here to read the report.



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