While there has been a decline in chronic homelessness and homeless veterans, the piece makes the case that, “… Ways must be found to enlarge underfinanced rental assistance programs that now reach only about a quarter of the low-income families that qualify.”
“But while conditions may be improving for homeless individuals, they may be getting worse for families with children, who have costlier needs and therefore fewer housing options. Based on agency data, there were about 64,000 more people in families in shelters in 2011 than in 2007 — an increase of about 13 percent.”
And may very low and low income homeless families are just one crisis away from homelessness.
“Though the stimulus money has been spent, the administration has wisely extended the homelessness prevention program, though with less financing than the scope of the problem clearly requires. In addition to putting more money into this crucial program, the administration needs to expand the rental assistance programs that could help these at-risk families find permanent housing before their only choice is between the streets and temporary shelter.”