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A tent covered in blue and black tarps sits on a downtown Los Angeles sidewalk with the white ziggurat-topped L.A. City Hall looming in the background

L.A. County Towns Clash Over Homelessness Policies

Local governments often come to different conclusions about how to address homelessness within their respective borders, but varying approaches only exacerbate the problem.

February 3, 2023 - Shelterforce Magazine

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Milwaukee County Makes Substantial Progress on Homelessness

In 2022, the county’s point-in-time count of unhoused people reflected just 18 individuals, the lowest in the country.

February 3, 2023 - Urban Milwaukee

Construction site with 4-story apartment buildings in progress

Survey: Most Mayors Fail to Link Zoning and Homelessness

Despite the powerful impact of local land use and zoning policies on housing costs and supply, many U.S. mayors believe they have little control over homelessness in their cities.

January 31, 2023 - Governing

Google Street View of San Diego Central Library building, slated to be converted into temporary shelter for unhoused residents

Old San Diego Library to Become Shelter

The long-disused Central Library will accommodate 26 unhoused residents starting later this month.

January 5, 2023 - Voice of San Diego

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Opinion: Los Angeles Needs More Housing, Fast

The shortage of housing at all price points in the region is the main driver of high costs and the growing homelessness crisis.

January 4, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Two people holding sign that says "house keys not handcuffs" during an anti-homelessness event in Los Angeles, California

The Complexity of Homelessness in Los Angeles County

The homeless crisis is complicated and is associated with high housing costs, inadequate shelter spaces, deinstitutionalization, changes in the criminal justice system, and other factors.

December 29, 2022 - KCET

Los Angeles Protest

California Home to Almost One Third of U.S. Unhoused Population

Despite efforts at the state and local level to address the growing homelessness crisis, California is seeing the fastest increase in its unhoused population in the country.

December 22, 2022 - Cal Matters

Close-up of key in door lock with house-shaped keychain hanging from it

New Federal Plan Aims To Prevent Homelessness

A new White House policy to reduce homelessness seeks to address the root issues that cause people to lose housing and stimulate housing production.

December 20, 2022 - NPR

Three-story tan motel building with tall palm tree in the background

Orange County Lagging on Supportive Housing Goals

The county is far behind its goal of building 2,700 supportive housing units as the region grows more unaffordable.

December 18, 2022 - Voice of OC

Portland, Oregon street

Portland Moves Forward With Contentious Homelessness Strategy

The city’s plan to reduce the number of unhoused people has met with criticism, particularly for a proposal to ban encampment on public property citywide.

December 7, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

Houston, Construction

How To End Homelessness: The Houston Model

While the numbers of unhoused people in other major U.S. cities grow, Houston has managed to effectively end veteran homelessness and house more than 26,000 people since implementing a ‘Housing First’ approach a decade ago.

December 1, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

"No homeless sleeping" stenciled on grey dumpster in urban alley

‘Dignity Village’ Threatened by Anti-Camping Law

Portland’s ‘aggressive’ new camping ban could threaten the city’s most stable community of unhoused people, the two-decade old, self-governing Dignity Village.

November 18, 2022 - Next City

One-story houses dusted with snow in Durango, Colorado with snowy mountainside in background

Affordable Housing Measure Passes in Colorado

A voter-approved measure will set aside existing tax revenue to support affordable housing projects, homeownership initiatives, and rental assistance programs.

November 15, 2022 - The Colorado Sun

Downtown Dallas

Dallas Housing Nonprofit Warns of Dwindling Resources

A nonprofit that works to house people experiencing homelessness is calling on more landlords to participate in programs that match housing voucher recipients with available units.

November 9, 2022 - Dallas Observer

Yellow "no homeless camping" sign in water at California beach

California Governor to Cities: Homelessness is a Crisis. “Act Like it.”

Days before facing reelection, Governor Newsom rejected every California locality’s plan for addressing homelessness, calling the proposals inadequate in fighting the massive crisis in a state where over 100,000 people are unhoused.

November 8, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Line of tents with American flags draped on them on sidewalk in Los Angeles

Homelessness Among Veterans Drops Sharply

The number of unhoused vets fell by more than 50 percent since 2016, with significant gains made in the last two years.

November 7, 2022 - Military Times

Houston

‘Employment-First’ Program in Harris County Offers Work and Supportive Services

The Employ2Empower program pays participants $15 an hour to work on county projects and engage with service providers while they await housing.

November 4, 2022 - Houston Chronicle

San Antonio

San Antonio Surpasses Supportive Housing Goal

The city provided shelter for over 1,600 unhoused people and put hundreds of new affordable housing units into the construction pipeline.

October 31, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Coronavirus and Homelessness

Portland, Sacramento Propose Banning Camping Citywide

Both West Coast cities are preparing to criminalize sleeping on public streets, claiming new shelter beds will provide enough resources for their unhoused populations.

October 28, 2022 - Next City

Protester at Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles holding sign that says "Housing is a human right"

Unhoused People Overwhelmingly Want One Thing: Shelter

Two new studies shed light on what people experiencing homelessness actually need by using a shocking new tactic: asking them.

October 20, 2022 - Zocalo Public Square

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