Homelessness

States, Localities Distributing Rental Aid at a Quicker Pace

Emergency rental assistance programs have distributed about $3 billion since January, but that accounts for just 6% of the overall aid approved by Congress.

Federal Eviction Moratorium Extended Through July

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the eviction ban through July 31. Housing advocates have lobbied to extend protections as federal emergency rental assistance is being doled out.

22 States, Biden Administration Ask Supreme Court to Keep Eviction Ban in Place

A legal challenge brought by landlords seeks to strike the national eviction moratorium, which is set to expire June 30 unless it is extended.

Federal Judge Vacates Nationwide Evictions Moratorium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not have the authority to issue the ban last fall, which has shielded renters from eviction during the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

Austin Voters Back Ban on Public Homeless Encampments

Some Austin residents have complained that allowing the encampments on public property — many are beneath overpasses or next to major roads — has created health and safety problems.

As Austin Voters Weigh Camping Ban Proposition, Texas Lawmakers Consider Bills to Prohibit Homeless Encampments Statewide

If the legislation is approved and signed by the governor, cities could lose state grant money for failing to enforce a new statewide encampment ban.

A County Plan to Require Permits for Roadside Soliciting

The measure, introduced last week in Montgomery County, Maryland, is designed to increase safety for pedestrians as part of a larger goal to end traffic fatalities.

HUD Prepares to Distribute $5 Billion to Help With Homelessness

The department released figures Thursday for how much individual states and localities will get from the pot of grant funding, part of the recent federal coronavirus relief package.

National Homelessness Estimate Grows for Fourth Consecutive Year

The number of people who are homeless and without shelter has been on the rise.

Cities Direct Johnson & Johnson Vaccine to Homeless Populations

There are practical reasons why it makes sense to use the one-dose vaccine for hard-to-reach groups, but experts say the practice can also fuel skepticism and concern if public officials aren’t careful.

States Fail to Prioritize Homeless People for Vaccines

At least 20 states haven’t included homeless shelters in vaccine plans.

New Index Ranks State Efforts to Alleviate Youth Homelessness

The research findings suggest it’s an area where many states have room for improvement.

Texas Cities Face Difficulties Counting Their Unsheltered Homeless Population—At a Time When Their Numbers Matter Most

Despite changes to the regular count of people experiencing homelessness, support organizations are hoping they’ll still be able to capture a clear picture of who is unhoused in Texas as the pandemic continues.

One-Month Eviction Moratorium, $25 Billion in Rental Aid in Covid Bill

Housing advocates applauded the inclusion of the emergency rental assistance and eviction moratorium extension in the federal relief package, but said the incoming Biden administration will have to do more.

The High Cost of a Looming Eviction Wave

With millions of people behind on rent, there could be a lot of evictions this winter. A new report suggests the cost of these evictions on the social safety net could be astronomical.

Homeless Shelters Grapple With Covid Safety as Cold Creeps In

The coronavirus has forced shelters to limit the number of beds they can offer.

Cities Sued for Sweeping Homeless Encampments During the Pandemic

Advocacy groups filed lawsuits against Minneapolis and Denver this month over clear outs of homeless encampments, saying the enforcement during a pandemic is cruel and counterproductive.

Hard Lives Made Harder by COVID: Homeless Endure a ‘Slow-Moving Train Wreck’

This was supposed to be the year California finally did something about its homelessness epidemic. COVID-19 upended that promise.

Higher Rents Associated with Increase in Homelessness, Federal Watchdog Finds

The Government Accountability Office report comes amid concerns about evictions, as the coronavirus outbreak takes a financial toll on many Americans.

As Bans Expire, Eviction Filings Rise

New research sheds light on the trend. Experts have warned that renters are headed towards an “eviction cliff” as the coronavirus crisis wears on and safety net measures end.