National Alliance to End Homelessness
While circumstances can vary, the main reason people experience homelessness is because they cannot find housing they can afford. It is the scarcity of affordable housing in the U.S., particularly in more urban areas where homelessness is more prevalent, that is behind their inability to acquire or maintain housing.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness works to prevent and end homelessness in the following ways:
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a leading voice on federal homelessness policy. The Alliance works collaboratively with public, private, and nonprofit partners to develop, analyze, and advocate for policy solutions to homelessness.
The Alliance provides capacity-building assistance through its Center for Capacity Building to help communities turn policy solutions and proven best practices into viable, on-the-ground programs. The Alliance provides communities across the country with best practices, how-to kits, and technical assistance trainings to help them implement solutions developed through policy, research, and practice.
Educating Opinion Leaders
The Homelessness Research Institute (HRI) – the research and education arm of the National Alliance to End Homelessness – builds the intellectual capital around solutions to homelessness. HRI advances data and research so that policymakers, practitioners, and the public have the best information about trends in homelessness and emerging solutions.
By the numbers:
- In January 2015, 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States.
- Of that number, 206,286 were people in families, and
- 358,422 were individuals.
- About 15 percent of the homeless population - 83,170 - are considered "chronically homeless” individuals.
- About 2 percent - 13,105 - are considered "chronically homeless” people in families.
- About 8 percent of homeless people- 47,725 - are veterans.
"My connection with homeless issues goes back to high school, when I made a documentary about the homeless population in my small town. Through hearing their stories I learned that most of them were homeless due to circumstances beyond their control: medical issues, their upbringing, sometimes just plain bad luck. Those of us lucky enough to take a warm bed for granted most nights need to support the organizations working to give people paths out of homelessness."
Hallie Bateman is an illustrator and a writer based in Los Angeles.
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