State of Homelessness: 2021 Edition

  • July 27, 2021
  • |Data and Graphics, Publications

The current report draws from the nationwide Point-in-Time Count that occurred in January of 2020, just a few weeks before COVID-19 was declared a national emergency. Thus, the data does not reflect any of the changes brought about by the […]

Hotels to Housing Case Studies

  • July 20, 2021
  • |Publications

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous states and localities successfully expanded their housing capacity by rapidly acquiring hotels and motels and converting them into permanent housing. The following case studies outline some of the most noteworthy hotels-to-housing initiatives […]

Five Truths About Shared Housing

  • July 19, 2021
  • |Publications

What’s so wrong with shared housing? The answer is nothing. Shared housing is a completely normal and accepted living situation. Families share housing while raising kids. Roommates share housing, especially in major cities with extremely tight rental markets. College students […]

A Legal Matter: Laws that Disproportionately Impact People Experiencing Homelessness

  • June 17, 2021
  • |Publications

There are particular laws and policies that explicitly target and harm people experiencing homelessness. These include camping bans, sit/stand ordinances, and the plethora of other “quality of life” laws. These laws criminalize the state of being homeless. They saddle people […]

Centering Racial Equity in the Greater New Orleans CoC

  • June 16, 2021
  • |Publications

Author: Shercole King and Garrick Rattler, on behalf of UNITY’s Racial Equity Task Force Picture Credit: Press Street of New Orleans, Painted by NOCCA Students. Photographer: Shercole King “I knew then, and I know now, when it comes to justice, […]

Big Budgets, Big Asks: Key 2021 Legislative Priorities for Homelessness

  • June 8, 2021
  • |Publications

The timing is perfect! On May 28, President Biden released his detailed budget request for fiscal year 2022. It included aggressive requests for funding increases for programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that are key […]

What Is Progressive Engagement?

  • June 4, 2021
  • |Publications

Homeless service systems have always faced enormous challenges to do more with less. Simply put, there have never been enough resources to meet demand. This has forced tough decisions about how to prioritize services and determine who needs what – […]

Is Being Homeless a Crime?

  • June 1, 2021
  • |Publications

Living on the streets means constantly being vulnerable – to the elements, to illness and hunger, and to the very group who should be there to protect you: law enforcement. Far-reaching efforts to criminalize homelessness make the already-precarious state of […]

Avoid These Common Mistakes When Designing Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

  • May 24, 2021
  • |Publications

State and local governments, along with their nonprofit partners, have extraordinary new resources intended to help people stay housed, resources that can prevent evictions and homelessness. To make the most of this opportunity, policymakers and program implementers should avoid making […]

Disruptions to the 2021 PiT Count: Working to Fill Data Gaps

  • May 18, 2021
  • |Publications

Homeless services systems will be sorting through the impacts of the pandemic for some time to come. Disruptions to the 2021 Point-in-Time (PiT) Count are a part of the story: the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sanctioned […]