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HUD Unveils Plan To Increase Rent On Millions Receiving Federal Housing Assistance

by | April 26, 2018

HUD Secretary Ben Carson wants Americans living on housing assistance to put more of their income toward rent and he wants to give public housing authorities the ability to impose work requirements on tenants.

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California’s Housing Crisis: Working But On The Brink Of Homelessness

by | April 16, 2018

In expensive West Coast cities like Los Angeles, there’s a growing number of working people living on the margins — one crisis away from living on the streets due to soaring rents and housing prices.

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Shelters Reach Capacity In Cold Weather As Homeless Population Rises

by | January 9, 2018

The population of people who are homeless increased for the first time since 2010, according the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and many shelters are having to turn people away.

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Why Affordable Housing Could Become Harder To Find

by | January 9, 2018

Poor families in the United States are having an increasingly difficult time finding an affordable place to live, due to high rents, static incomes and a shortage of housing aid. Tenant advocates worry that the new tax bill, as well as potential cuts in housing aid, will make the problem worse.

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The Impossible (And Necessary) Task of Counting Homeless Youths

by | January 8, 2018

Without an accurate count of how many young people are living without a home on their own, there can’t be effective policy. So at the end of January activists and volunteers in Connecticut will try to find and engage every young person between the ages of 13 and 24 who is homeless or unstably housed. Read […]

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Report: Chronic Homelessness Down 50 Percent in Connecticut

by | December 14, 2017

Connecticut is making significant progress toward ending chronic homelessness.

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Homeless Population Rises, Driven By West Coast Affordable-Housing Crisis

by | December 7, 2017

For the first time since 2010, the number of homeless people has increased due to the affordable housing crisis on the West Coast. Overall, the nation’s homeless numbers are 13 percent lower than they were in 2010 and some communities have all but eliminated homelessness among veterans,

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Homeless, Addicted, and Overcoming a Long History of Neglect

by | April 24, 2017

Reggie Morton was without a home for 20 years. “His life is a blueprint of what happens when we don’t provide for people who are mentally ill and addicted. Historically, we’ve let the Reggies flounder, and we’ve paid dearly for that,” observes writer Susan Campbell.

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How Trump’s Cuts To Community Development Could Affect One Connecticut City

by | March 21, 2017

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal plans to zero out funding for something called Community Development Block Grants — money that goes from the federal government to states and municipalities to use as they see fit.

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Vigils Honor The Homeless Who Died As They Lived: On The Streets

by | December 21, 2016

Winter can be an especially difficult time for those living outside without shelter. Activists are holding vigils around the country to remember the thousands of homeless people who died this year.

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Seattle Swings Between Hounding The Homeless And Leaving Them Alone

by | September 29, 2016

As West Coast cities have seen a boom in homelessness, some have declared emergencies. But debates have broken out over how much tolerance should be shown to illegal camps in public spaces.

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Invisibilia: For An Artist, A Room Of His Own Is A Lifesaver

by | July 1, 2016

William Kitt was living on the streets, abusing drugs and very sick when Broadway Housing Communities in New York offered him a room. Thirteen years later, he’s thriving. His art tells the tale.

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How Will Connecticut’s Budget Crisis Affect Efforts to End Homelessness?

by | May 24, 2016

Advocates worry that recent cuts threaten the Connecticut’s position as a national leader in ending homelessness.

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Living From Rent To Rent: Tenants On The Edge Of Eviction

by | March 29, 2016

For low-income renters, eviction is a constant threat.

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In Rural America, Homeless Population May Be Bigger Than You Think

by | February 18, 2016

The rural homeless often crash with friends or stay in cheap motels on cold nights due to a lack of shelters. But this means homeless tallies miss them — and the state gets less funding to help them.

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Teen Health Van Delivers More Than Medical Care To Homeless Youth

by | February 17, 2016

The number of homeless Californians under age 24 keeps rising, and many aren’t getting the physical and mental health care they need, teen advocates say. Mobile clinics are trying to fill the gaps.

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Temporary Housing For Young People, By Young People

by | January 6, 2016

Homeless young people can often be targets of theft and assault by homeless adults. Two 23-year-olds in Boston founded a new shelter to assure their peers are safe, warm, welcomed and supported.

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Utah Reduced Chronic Homelessness By 91 Percent; Here’s How

by | December 10, 2015

Over the past decade, Utah’s toughest cases of homeless people dropped to fewer than 200, from nearly 2,000. Utah’s size and support from Mormon leaders are among the reasons for its success.

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