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Homelessness And Planning

The American Planning Association has adopted a policy guide on how planners can play a significant role in reducing homelessness.

APA's policy guides reflect months of drafting, redrafting, and responding to the suggestions of chapters, divisions, and outside organizations. The association's newest policy guide on homelessness, adopted and ratified at the national Denver conference, will shape planners' responses to the needs of more than 800,000 men, women, and children who are homeless in America at this moment: "Planners can play a significant role in reducing homelessness by determining local housing needs through their comprehensive plans, removing regulatory and legal barriers to the development of affordable and supportive housing, and fostering community support for permanent housing for the homeless. The lack of affordable housing severely limits a community's ability to end homelessness by limiting its ability to move people from shelters to permanent housing."

Thanks to American Planning Association

Full Story: Policy Guide on Homelessness

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