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An Affordable Housing Model for Indigenous Americans

Indigenous people make up a disproportionately high percentage of the unhoused population, but many programs designed to assist them don’t reach those most in need.

March 1, 2024 - High Country News

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Feds Announce Over $3 Billion in Homelessness Assistance Funding

The Continuum of Care grants are directed to programs that provide supportive services and boost housing stability.

February 28, 2024 - Building Design & Construction

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Research: Housing First Works

Randomized trials show a high rate of success for the Housing First approach to reducing homelessness.

February 16, 2024 - Housing Matters

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Chattanooga Slashed Homelessness in Half in 2023

The city’s focus on assistance for households at risk of eviction and supportive housing helped keep more residents housed.

February 13, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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Homelessness on the Rise, but Pockets of Hope Exist

‘Housing First’ and other evidence-driven homelessness response programs are showing success in some cities and regions while the number of unhoused people rises across the nation.

February 8, 2024 - Brookings

Small tents set up on sidewalk by unhoused people next to boarded-up one-story industrial building in San Francisco, California.

The Point-in-Time Homelessness Count, Explained

Each year, cities across the nation undertake a massive effort to physically count their unhoused residents.

February 6, 2024 - KQED

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Study: How a ‘Housing First’ Approach Impacts Healthcare Access

An analysis from Denver shows that unhoused people receiving services based on a Housing First approach were more likely to access psychiatric care and had fewer emergency medical visits.

January 30, 2024 - Health Affairs

Orange "Apartments Leasing" sandwich board sign on sidewalk with arrow pointing right.

Report: Half of U.S. Renters Are Cost-Burdened

A record number of renter households struggle to afford housing costs.

January 29, 2024 - NPR

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Minnesota Launches Statewide Homelessness Response Plan

‘Crossroads to Justice’ provides a strategic, cross-agency roadmap to reducing the number of unhoused residents.

January 24, 2024 - Sahan Journal

Blue tent with small charcoal grill and plastic bin set up by unhoused person in snow in Portland, Oregon.

Portland Warming Shelters Close Despite Persistent Cold

Advocates say using an arbitrary temperature cutoff to open and close winter shelters ignores the reality of cold weather risks.

January 21, 2024 - The Oregonian

A red and white tent on the sidewalk with other belongings of an unhoused resident in Miami, Florida.

Supreme Court to Reconsider Martin v. Boise

The justices agreed to hear an appeal from the city of Grants Pass, Oregon, of a 2022 U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that has the potential to loosen restrictions on how nine Western states deal with tent encampments on public property.

January 15, 2024 - San Francisco Chronicle

Empty navy blue camping chair with small American flag in front of unhoused encampment in People's Park, Berkeley, California.

UC Berkeley Says Supportive Housing ‘Inseparable’ Part of People’s Park Project

The park remains closed to the public as a court weighs a decision on the university’s proposed housing development.

January 12, 2024 - KQED

Red and white "No Loitering" sign.

More Cities, States Criminalizing Homelessness

As the number of unhoused Americans grows, some jurisdictions are going against the advice of advocates and imposing harsh penalties for sleeping in public spaces.

January 5, 2024 - Stateline

Close-up of black, white, and orange APARTMENT FOR RENT sign on building.

Approaching Affordable Housing From All Angles

Housing providers and advocates around the country are combining a variety of strategies to boost the affordable housing supply.

January 2, 2024 - Architectural Digest

View of Hotel Hamlin SRO supportiveh ousing building in San Francisco Tenderloin district.

Hundreds of San Francisco SRO Units Still Vacant

It can often take months for unhoused residents to access supportive housing. When they do, conditions can be unbearable.

December 29, 2023 - Sfist

Aerial view of Minneapolis neighborhood and downtown skyline in winter with snow.

How One Minnesota County Cut Homelessness by 80 Percent

While homelessness rose in most U.S. regions, Hennepin County invested heavily in programs to end chronic homelessness and get people into temporary and supportive housing faster.

December 26, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Close-up of red and white "No camping - Violators subject to arrest" sign.

HUD: Homelessness Up by 12 Percent

The agency’s annual point-in-time count identified over 650,000 Americans living without permanent housing.

December 20, 2023 - Big Country News

Close-up of title of death certificate for state of California.

Understanding Mortality Risks Among Unhoused People

How tracking housing status at time of death can help policymakers identify when people are most vulnerable.

December 11, 2023 - Maine Morning Star

Aerial view of Palo Alto, California at sunrise.

Palo Alto Expands Church ‘Safe Parking’ Program

The city is considering adding commercial lots to the program, which provides safe parking and amenities for people living in cars.

December 6, 2023 - ABC 7 News

Outdoor public restrooms with two silver doors and icons for men, women, wheelchair accessibility, and baby changing above doors.

Baltimore Considers Public Restroom Project

The city is starting to develop a plan for adding more public restrooms downtown, where available bathrooms are scarce and historic buildings are being damaged by public urination.

December 5, 2023 - The Baltimore Banner

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