‘Housing First’ Policy for Addressing Homelessness Hamstrung By Funding Issues

Housing first simple chartHousing First’ Policy for Addressing Homelessness Hamstrung By Funding Issues.

By RACHEL M. COHEN, Originally published in The American Prospect on January 27, 2015.

The new approach may spring from good intentions, but is
undermined by a lack of affordable housing stock

In an era of shrinking financial resources, policymakers, providers, and activists who work on homelessness prevention and care in the United States have been forced to develop new strategies. There was a time when officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) saw it as their responsibility to provide both housing and supportive services for homeless individuals, but now HUD now is refocusing its budget predominately on rent and housing—with the hope that other local, state, and federal agencies will play a greater role in providing supportive care. However, whether other organizations will actually be able to pick up those costs and responsibilities remains unclear.

The first major federal legislative response to homelessness was the McKinney-Vento Act of 1987, which passed both the House and Senate with large bipartisan majorities. The McKinney Act—which Bill Clinton…continue at The American Prospect .

 

 

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