The US homeless crisis: Root causes, what works & what needs to change

Homeless man draped in an American flag, asleep on the street with sign, "Homeless and Hungry"

In January 2020, 580,466 people were homelessness in the US, according to official numbers. Seventy percent were individuals and the rest were families with children. Nationwide, many municipalities have adopted the “housing first” model, which prioritizes permanent housing. How did we get here, what strategies work, how can those successes be replicated, and what needs to change?

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