The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the 2011 Point-In-Time (PIT) counts, actually showing a small decrease, 2.1 percent, in the number of people experiencing homelessness on that night as compared to the year before. The accompany veterans supplement to the PIT report showed a 12 percent decrease in homelessness among veterans. The Alliance distributed a press release in response to these findings yesterday, lauding the federal investment in preventing and ending homelessness but projecting potential increases once the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) expires in 2012.
- A study released this week by the National Center on Family Homelessness reports a 38 percent increase in the number of children experiencing homelessness since 2007, meaning approximately 1 in 45 children is experiencing homelessness.
- Similarly, the U.S. Conference of Mayors released a survey of 29 major cities yesterday suggesting that hunger and homelessness were on the rise over the last year.
- The Associated Press reported that nearly half of all American were classified as “poor” or “low income” in the latest census.
- The Alliance, joining the week of homelessness news, released three statements this week: one on the potential impact of sequestration on federal homeless assistance programs, one in response to the PIT counts, and one congratulating Alliance president Nan Roman after she was selected to serve on the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission.
For last week’s News Roundup Poll, we asked you if you thought that private enterprise should be given more of a role in creating affordable housing, or if public housing agencies should be responsible.
There was a pretty balanced division of opinions, with approximately equal parts voting for private and public. A small number of people chose to not vote for either, but selected an unspecified third option. This is understandable, given the complexity of the situation and the need for both public and private efforts, but we’d still like to hear about it in the comments!