Homelessness

City’s Custom-built App Scores Homeless Encampment Safety

With the Homeless Emergency Management Tracking and Prioritization Tool, Austin gets consistent health, safety and impact data on encampments citywide to support cross-departmental intervention.

Housing Program Shows Signs of Helping Homeless While Reducing Arrests

A new study finds an initiative in Denver has the potential to break a cycle of police spending hundreds of hours arresting people repeatedly for minor infractions.

Audit Reveals Why One City’s Efforts to Curb Homelessness Fall Short

Oakland, California, doesn’t have the data to tell if it’s making any progress on reducing homelessness, a new audit shows.

Strategies for Solving Homelessness Across the US

A look at how communities are making progress helping people who are homeless.

NYC’s Public Spaces are Becoming Increasingly Hostile Towards Homeless People

Limited seating, or a lack of it, in places like Penn Station, don’t make the city’s affordability problem go away.

Trump Wades Deep Into State and Local Matters During DC Speech

The former president's remarks focused heavily on public safety, as he put forward proposals like moving the homeless to tent cities, hiring thousands of police and overriding governors unwilling to deploy the National Guard.

A Three-Phase Strategy to Reduce Homelessness

COMMENTARY | As cities grapple with rising homelessness, states struggle to distribute relief money. But change is within our grasp.

San Francisco Rations Housing by Scoring Homeless People’s Trauma. By Design, Most Fail to Qualify.

A process called coordinated entry, used by cities across the country, is meant to match homeless people with housing. In San Francisco’s version, the system could be making it harder for some populations to get indoors.

Homeless Camping Bans Are Spreading. This Group Shaped the Bills

A Texas-based think tank is promoting a ban on unofficial encampments.

Federal Pandemic Aid is Providing a Boost to City Housing Programs

City officials are tapping American Rescue Plan Act dollars to expand affordable housing and reduce homelessness, challenges that predate Covid-19 but that were also heightened by it.

Libraries Hiring Social Workers as Mental Health Issues and Homelessness Soar

The placement of full-time licensed social workers in public libraries nationwide will become even more pronounced in the next few years, experts say.

The Rise of Tiny House Villages in the Fight Against Homelessness

More cities are turning to the small-sized structures as an alternative to group shelters. But critics have likened them to "sheds" that fall well short of permanent affordable housing.

In San Francisco, Hundreds of Homes for the Homeless Sit Vacant

In spite of a growing Department of Homelessness with an annual budget of $598 million, eligible people still wait months or even years after being approved for assisted housing. Meanwhile, hundreds of units remain unused.

Why Turning Motels Into Housing Could Outlast the Pandemic

States and localities looked to motels and hotels early in the Covid-era to house the homeless and people needing to quarantine. Now some of the programs show signs of becoming more permanent.

Mobile Apps Help Communities Produce More Accurate Homeless Counts

The Kansas City area and Houston are using mobile apps for their annual point-in-time homelessness counts and to manage the data.

The Big Obstacles Mayors Face Addressing America's Homelessness Crisis

Nearly three-quarters of mayors surveyed say they are held accountable by residents for local homelessness but only 20% say they have control of the crisis, a new report shows.

Report: Place Governance Must Evolve to Address Homeless Crisis

Local organizations need to create a more integrated and inclusive service system to meet the needs of unsheltered individuals, according to Brookings.

How Mayors Are Thinking About Prioritizing Federal Aid

Nearly 80% of mayors responding to a new survey said American Rescue Plan Act funding would help their cities accomplish goals related to homelessness and infrastructure, among other areas.

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.