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Three brick apartment buildings of various heights with fire escapes in New York City.

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

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

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

View of Minnesota state capitol dome from side with leafy tree branches slightly obscuring view.

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

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

Vintage multi-story brick apartment building and modern concrete and glass apartment building separated by a steep public stairway in Los Angeles, California.

The State of Housing in California

Homelessness continues to rise, and recent legislation aimed at boosting housing production may be limited in its effect.

December 21, 2023 - CALmatters

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

Makeshift shelter built by unhoused people on hillside overlooking freeway in Stockton, California.

Study: Homeless People Face Higher Mortality Risk

Unhoused adults are more than three times as likely to die in any given year as their housed counterparts, research shows.

November 27, 2023 - San Francisco Chronicle

Rendering of three-story shipping container modular building for affordable housing in Watts, Los Angeles.

The Promises and Limitations of Modular Housing

Converted shipping containers offer the promise of fast construction and low costs, but face regulatory and accessibility challenges.

November 23, 2023 - Metropolis Mag

Low angle view of Texas state capitol at night from middle of wide street.

Austin Creates Homeless Strategy Office

The new office is dedicated to consolidating the city’s efforts to house unhoused residents.

November 23, 2023 - CBS Austin

Aerial bird's eye view of unhoused encampment along roadside in Sacramento, California.

Mayors’ Meeting Focuses on Housing Crisis

As the number of unhoused Americans grows, mayors met to learn from each other and assess their needs for federal support.

November 21, 2023 - Governing

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