Homelessness and Housing

Creating a strong safety net for people experiencing homelessness, advocating for affordable housing options, and developing sustainable solutions to homeless and housing challenges.

Homelessness is the experience of an individual who lacks housing, or is in an unsuitable or non-permanent housing situation. “ Because housing, provides the foundation upon which people build their lives” (SAMHSA), housing represents a fundamental base solution to the problem of homelessness. Communities address housing and homelessness issues vastly differently, including increasing affordable housing options, developing rent control policies, increasing homelessness services and shelters, developing homeless prevention strategies, and implementing anti-homeless laws against panhandling, divided “bum-proof” benches, and loitering. Housing issues including: limited affordable housing options, overcrowding, high rent burdens, substandard housing, have not only forced many people to become homeless, but has only put a growing number of people at risk of becoming homeless. This issue focuses on supporting agencies who create a strong safety net for people experiencing homelessness, advocate for affordable housing options, and develop sustainable solutions to homeless challenges.

Ways to Address Homelessness and Housing

  • Work with homeless agencies that support individuals or families experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of being homeless
  • Advocate for fair and affordable housing options in your community
  • Teach financial literacy classes about qualifying for a home loan and home buying
  • Volunteer with an organization that builds, rebuilds, or repairs homes for low income individuals
  • Learn about how families or individuals qualify for affordable housing options and affordable home programs
  • Document and research experiences of homelessness and share these results with community leaders
  • Advocate for more inclusive and supportive local laws to protect homeless citizens