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Homelessness fights for the second consecutive year, finds federal report

Breaking News Emails Get deleted news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered everyday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 18, 2018 / 12:01 AM GMT By Suzy Khimm and Laura Strickler The number of homeless Americans stepped up in 201 8 and marked the second consecutive year that home homelessness has increased, according to A Lack of residential housing has contributed to the slight increase in housing unemployment, which decreased in 2010-2016 each year, according to housing managers and former housing and urban development officials. "More and more communities handle the problems that cause homelessness, but we lose the battle because of affordability," said Mel Martinez, former HUD secretary under President George W. Bush, who added that he was "very disappointed" in report numbers. The HUD figures are based on a national one-night bill, which is carried out each year, which found 550,000 homeless in January 2018. Overall, homelessness is still significantly lower than a decade ago. And given the small size of the total increase in 2018 – 0.3 percent – the Trump administration described the level of homelessness as "largely unchanged" from the previous year. "Our state and local partners are increasingly focusing on finding lasting solutions to homeless people, even when they fight against increases in rising rents," said HUD secretary Ben Carson in a statement pointing to falling numbers of homeless families with children and homeless veterans. However, an increase in individuals who were homeless helped drive overall growth, especially among the unscreened homeless…

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By Suzy Khimm and Laura Strickler

The number of homeless Americans stepped up in 201

8 and marked the second consecutive year that home homelessness has increased, according to

A Lack of residential housing has contributed to the slight increase in housing unemployment, which decreased in 2010-2016 each year, according to housing managers and former housing and urban development officials.

“More and more communities handle the problems that cause homelessness, but we lose the battle because of affordability,” said Mel Martinez, former HUD secretary under President George W. Bush, who added that he was “very disappointed” in report numbers.

The HUD figures are based on a national one-night bill, which is carried out each year, which found 550,000 homeless in January 2018.

Overall, homelessness is still significantly lower than a decade ago. And given the small size of the total increase in 2018 – 0.3 percent – the Trump administration described the level of homelessness as “largely unchanged” from the previous year.

“Our state and local partners are increasingly focusing on finding lasting solutions to homeless people, even when they fight against increases in rising rents,” said HUD secretary Ben Carson in a statement pointing to falling numbers of homeless families with children and homeless veterans.

However, an increase in individuals who were homeless helped drive overall growth, especially among the unscreened homeless in the street or in parks, abandoned buildings and other areas, according to the HUD report released on Monday.

“The big problem really seems to be single adults – This is where we have to concentrate our efforts. The system that helps them is not as robust,” said Nan Roman, president and president of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a prophecy group. [19659007] “Families and children are prioritized and there is a great political will around veterans. But for individuals there is not much public support. “

The problem is particularly acute in Western states,” said Chad Williams, head of the Southern Housing region, who moved to Las Vegas this year from Washington. “I thought DC’s homelessness was bad” until I came here, “Williams said. .

In California, homelessness has increased by 10 percent since 2016 according to the new report and the state has one of the highest single adults who are homeless. The waiting list for housing is 1,000 per night in San Francisco. In Fresno, the urban population points to a lack of housing infrastructure.

“Fresno has always focused on getting people into permanent homes and because of the lack of permanent housing beds, it’s ticked in the pace,” said Mark Standriff, a city spokesman.

Standriff said that new government funding could help alleviate the problem and note that local efforts have helped to reduce the homelessness of former federal legislators, including rep David Price, DN.C., calling on Congress to strengthen.

“Congress should provide more resources to solve this problem, while prioritizing Izing and local initiatives that show successful housing results for vulnerable populations,” said Price, the highest democrat on housing issues for the Household Commissions.

At federal and local levels, there has been significant pressure to finance supportive housing programs that combine long-term rental and case management to combat chronic homelessness. But there is still less money to support other types of initiatives that would provide more immediate residence and protection as well as long-term assistance, “said Josh Leopold, who worked at the United States Intergovernmental Council on Homelessness under Obama.

“At federal level, this must be a priority again, says Leopold.” It has been a rare political area where there is a comprehensive agreement on the most effective political approach and bipartisan support – you do not get those things often. “[19659022] Lazy Strickler

Laura Strickler is an investigative producer of the NBC News Investigative Unit, based in Washington. She was previously with CBS News.

Suzy Khimm is a national reporter for NBC News, focusing on investigating federal agencies. Investigative Unit and covered Capitol Hill for public radio stations around the country.

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