Homelessness

How Cities Are Addressing Mental Distress

Successful programs include partnerships between social workers and first responders, incorporate data and recognize larger social factors affecting health and well-being, like racism, experts say.

He Tore Down Motels Where Poor Residents Lived During a Housing Crisis. City Leaders Did Nothing.

Reno, Nevada, has one of the worst affordable housing shortages in the U.S. Yet city officials let an out-of-state casino owner displace hundreds of low-income residents so he could one day build an entertainment complex.

States With the Most and Least At-risk Youth

Louisiana ranks as the state with the most at-risk youth while Massachusetts ranks as the state with the least, according to a report.

Why Building More Homes Won’t Solve the Affordable Housing Problem for the Millions of People Who Need It Most

COMMENTARY | California and other states plan to build more homes in an effort to fix America’s affordable housing problem. But that’s not the main reason housing remains unaffordable for millions of people.

Homelessness, Homicides and Hospitality: One City’s Ongoing Reputation Problem

Portland, Oregon, once a popular travel destination for business travelers, foodies and nature lovers, is struggling to regain its tourism footing after months of social justice protests and record crime rates.

The Simplest Fix to America’s Rent Problem

COMMENTARY | The country’s voucher-focused help for American renters is mired in red tape, and many landlords opt out. Would cash work better?

Local Taxpayers Are Footing the Bill for Climate Disasters

The costs for paying to fix or replace infrastructure and other assets more adversely impact low-income groups, according to a report.

Cities See Trash Cleanup Programs as a Way to Combat Homelessness

“At first, I said, ‘Picking up trash?’ I had to let my pride go—and I did.”

Treasury Outlines How it Will Claw Back Rental Aid From Slow Spenders

The department plans to redistribute the money to jurisdictions that are moving faster to get it to struggling renters and landlords.

How Lawyers Could Prevent America’s Eviction Crisis From Getting a Whole Lot Worse

Lawyers may be the only thing standing in the way of eviction for millions of renters.

Biden Administration Asks Local Governments to Set Housing Goals

HUD's new ‘House America’ initiative aims to increase the number of affordable housing units and to reduce the number of unhoused people across the country.

Treasury Releasing $13B More in Rental Aid to Successful Programs

At least 50 state and local government grantees have met funding distribution benchmarks that would make them eligible for additional money.

All Eyes on State and Local Eviction Bans With End of Federal Moratorium

At least seven states and some cities have eviction bans in place but some expire soon.

Supreme Court Ruling Allows Evictions to Resume

The 6-3 ruling found that the CDC did not have the authority to impose an eviction ban that was set to last until October.

Only 11% in Rental Assistance Spent, Treasury Department Prepares to Reallocate Unspent Aid

State and local rental assistance programs have doled out little of the $46.5 billion in emergency rental assistance and jurisdictions that don’t disperse money soon could have to return it.

How Denver Tackled Homelessness While Saving Money

Extra support services can help keep vulnerable people housed.

A $5B Turning Point for Reducing Homelessness

Long-term efforts to get homeless people into permanent housing will be jump-started by the massive infusion in federal relief funds flowing into localities and states.

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.