“A Family Dispute: Who Counts As Homeless?”

“A bill designed to expand HUD’s recognition of homelessness reveals a split between advocates on who counts as the most vulnerable population.”

APTOPIX Homeless In San DiegoA child plays in a city-sanctioned encampment for homeless families in San Diego. Gregory Bull/AP”

by Rachel M. Cohen

“Is homelessness in America surging or ebbing? It depends not only upon where you are, but who you ask—and what, precisely, you’re looking for.

“Should you live in a big, high-cost city like Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle, you’d be forgiven for assuming that the number of people living in homelessness is exploding: In those metros, tent cities full of those priced out by soaring housing costs have created a major crisis for local leaders. Overall national figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, however, tell a different story. At the end of 2017, HUD announced that with the exception of really expensive areas, homelessness had continued to decline across the United States, a 13.1 percent decrease since 2010. When it comes to families with children experiencing homelessness, HUD reported a drop of 5.4 percent since 2016, continuing a 27 percent decline since 2010.”

Read this CityLab article in its entirety, click here.

 

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