The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Request proposes to cut funding to assist homeless people and people at-risk of homelessness by more than $6 billion compared to the enacted FY2016 funding level and the enacted FY2017 funding level, the latter which was not enacted at the time the budget request was prepared.
Continue reading The FY2018 Budget Request Cuts Assistance to Homeless People and People At-Risk of Homelessness by $6 Billion
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released Part 1 of its Annual Homelessness Assessment Report for 2016 this past week reporting the number of homeless people, homeless individuals, homeless families, homeless veterans, chronically homeless people, and homeless youth on a given night. In the report, the number of homeless people on a single night was 549,928, a decrease of 2.6% from the year before. Unfortunately, the report noted that the declines were composed entirely of people staying in sheltered locations and that homelessness increased among people without shelter by 2%. The number of homeless persons without shelter increased by 3,089 persons from 173,268 in 2015 to 176,357 in 2016.
Continue reading The Newly-Released HUD Homeless Report Shows Unsheltered Homelessness Increased by 2% or 3,000 Persons in 2016
In 2015, there were 152,806 homeless individuals without shelter in the United States and not enough shelter beds or housing for them in at least 191 of the nation’s Continuum of Care areas. There were not enough beds in emergency shelters, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, rapid rehousing units, other permanent housing, and safe havens for approximately 100,000 of these homeless individuals without shelter.
Continue reading There was No Shelter Available for 99,000 to 114,000 Homeless Individuals in 2015
The President’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 maintains housing and homeless assistance funding dedicated to ending veteran homelessness, proposes homeless assistance funding to end chronic homelessness in 2017, and proposes housing and homelessness assistance funding to end homelessness for families and youth in 2020. Given the critical importance of shelter, the budget should provide enough resources to provide shelter for every homeless person without shelter and housing and homelessness assistance funding targeted to other homeless individuals.
Continue reading The Proposed FY2017 Budget Provides Significant Funding to End Homelessness But Should Provide Shelter for All
In addition to establishing the goal of preventing and ending homelessness for families, youth, and children in 2020, Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness describes goals to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans in 2015 and end chronic homelessness in 2017 and to set a path to end all types of homelessness. Specific goals to end all types of homelessness are needed and shelter is needed for all persons that experience homelessness to save lives, reduce injuries and health-related complications, and provide a place of respite to sleep and restore the sense of stability needed to obtain housing, jobs, or other support. Continue reading On Any Given Night, 84,000 to 95,000 Homeless Adult Individuals Can Find No Shelter