On any given night, more than half a million Americans are homeless. Thanks to the determined efforts of federal, state, and local U.S. government agencies, as well as many non-profit organizations, homelessness across the nation has been reduced over the last seven years by 18% (or over 19,000 people), according to a 2017 study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (link is external).
However, not all regions are witnessing this decline, and the rise in homelessness among the most vulnerable populations is surging unchecked. A recent LA Times (link is external) article reported that the Los Angeles homeless population has increased a whopping 75% in the past six years, largely due to the severe reduction in affordable housing and failed social reform policies. Other municipalities around the country have rising homeless numbers for similar reasons.
Author: Mellissa Withers
Published By: Psychology Today
Date: May 31, 2018
Publication Link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/modern-day-slavery/201805/vicious-cycle-domestic-abuse-homelessness-trafficking