In January 2023, there was a big rise in homelessness in the United States. On any given night, more than 653,000 people were known to be homeless. This was the biggest rise in the number of homeless people in a single year on record.
The number of people who became homeless rose sharply by 25% between 2021 and 2022, while the number of people who left homelessness and found permanent housing rose by 8%. This is what caused the total number of homeless people to rise.
Factors Contributing to the Homelessness Crisis
The rise in homelessness can be attributed to several factors:
- Expiration of pandemic-era protections and resources: The winding down of pandemic protections and resources has contributed to the increase in homelessness.
- Affordable housing crisis: The worsening affordable housing crisis has made it difficult for people to find and maintain stable housing.
- Rental housing market changes: Recent changes in the rental housing market have also played a role in the increase in homelessness.
People who are homeless are affected by it, but it also has effects on society as a whole. Along with the rise in homelessness, the number of people who don’t have a place to live has also gone up. This affects most racial, national, and gender groups.
This has put a lot of stress on systems that help people who are homeless. These systems have made more temporary and permanent homes available, but they still can’t help everyone who needs it.
The Biden-Harris Administration’s Response
Since the beginning, the Biden-Harris Administration has been working quickly to solve the problem of homelessness across the country by putting new resources and programs at the top of its list of priorities to help towns quickly re-connect people who are homeless.
To deal with this problem, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) was put in place. It is the biggest single-year investment in history to avoid and help people who are homeless.
The fact that the number of homeless people rose in January 2023 is a stark warning of the problems the US is facing.
Working to solve this problem under the Biden-Harris Administration is a good start, but more needs to be done to make sure that everyone can find safe, low-cost homes.
We need to keep working together as a group to solve this important problem and make sure no one gets left behind.