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The Workforce Investment Act: Homeless System Innovation & Recommendations

February 24, 2014

An overview of the United States' federally funded workforce system, examples of workforce and homeless system collaboration, and recommendations for meeting the employment interests and needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Opportunities to Improve Services to Homeless and At-Risk Families With Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Resources in 2010

May 31, 2010

Suggests ways to expand employment and housing opportunities for homeless and at-risk families through the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund and the Fatherhood, Marriage, and Families Innovation Fund and by educating policy makers on lessons learned.

Using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to Support and Improve Efforts to End Family Homelessness

May 31, 2010

Offers an overview of TANF and the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund and how local advocates for the homeless can help state leaders tap and maximize these resources by finding matching funds, investing in housing, and improving the cash assistance program.

Economy Bytes: Doubled Up in the United States

May 20, 2010

In the first of our Economy Bytes series, the Alliance presents the state of doubled-up families. The brief examines the implications of the increase in doubled-up families and reflects on the how the situation speaks to the recession's impact of homelessness. It also provides data on how many people doubled up between 2005 and 2008.

Demographics of Homelessness Series: The Rising Elderly Population

April 1, 2010

There is some troubling evidence that homelessness is beginning to increase among elderly adults. In addition, there are demographic factors -- such as the anticipated growth of the elderly population as baby boomers turn 65 years of age and recent reports of increases in the number of homeless adults ages 50 to 64 -- that suggest a dramatic increase in the elderly homeless population between 2010 and 2020. While the country's changing demographics may make this finding unsurprising, it has serious implications for providers of homeless services and should be deeply troubling to the policymakers that aim to prevent poverty and homelessness among the elderly through local and federal social welfare programs. This paper provides an assessment of the recent and projected changes in homelessness among the elderly and assesses the ability of public affordable housing programs to handle the projected growth in elderly persons at-risk of housing instability and homelessness.

Geography of Homelessness Report

March 1, 2010

In 2007, there were 671,859 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. These people were counted in big cities and small towns across the country. Previously, little has been known (outside of anecdotal evidence) about how many people experience homelessness in urban, rural and suburban areas. For the first time, the Alliance examines the distribution of homelessness by geographic type in this report. This report is a culmination of a multi-part series examining the geography of homelessness. This examines the following major topics: Defining the Spectrum of HomelessnessHomelessness by Geographic CategoryPrevalence of HomelessnessUrban HomelessnessHomeless Assistance System - Bed Inventory

Geography of Homelessness, Part 4: Examining Urban Homelessness

November 30, 2009

While homelessness exists in all places, a majority of people experiencing homelessness are experiencing it in urban areas. Approximately 77 percent of the U.S. homeless population in 2007 was counted in places considered completely urban, and over 60 percent of the homeless population was living in metropolitan areas of greater than 1,000,000 people. Because of this heavy urban bias, trends in homelessness nationally largely reflect trends in urban homelessness. However, closer examination of urban homelessness reveals interesting variation among urban places, particularly when comparing major cities to other urban areas. Between 2005 and 2007 homelessness in major cities increased by 4 percent, while homelessness in other urban areas (smaller cities, suburbs, etc.) as well as the rest of the country decreased by approximately 10 percent. Major cities also have rates of homelessness that are much higher than other urban places. In 2007, major cities had a rate of 43 people per 10,000 compared with 29 people per 10,000 for all urban places and 22 people per 10,000 nationally.

Vital Mission: Ending Homelessness Among Veterans Data and Policy Update

November 10, 2009

New data from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) show that approximately 131,000 veterans were homeless at a point in time in 2008. This is a rate of 58 homeless veterans for every 10,000 veterans, more than double the rate of homelessness among the general population. New data on the demographics of veterans and homeless veterans also reveal that some veterans of the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are beginning to receive homeless services from the VA and that female veterans are increasingly represented in the pool of veterans who may face homelessness. The high prevalence of homelessness among veterans means that programs that serve homeless veterans must be expanded.

Geography of Homelessness, Part 3: Subpopulations

September 29, 2009

This is the third in a series of briefs examining the geographic distribution of the population experiencing homelessness and the homeless assistance system in the United States. It examines the geographic distributions of homeless subpopulations and subgroups.

Geography of Homelessness, Part 2: Prevalence of Homelessness

August 27, 2009

This is the second in a series of briefs examining the geographic distribution of the population experiencing homelessness and the homeless assistance system in the United States. It evaluates how rates of homelessness in rural areas compare to rates in urban areas.

Geography of Homelessness: Defining the Spectrum

July 14, 2009

The Homelessness Research Institute, the research and communications arm of the Alliance, released the first in a series of briefs analyzing the geography of homelessness. This first brief looks at the extent to which homelessness exists in urban or rural areas. The administrative geography units that collect data on homelessness, Continua of Care (CoCs), were analyzed and classified into one of five categories on a spectrum ranging from completely rural to completely urban. The brief includes a breakdown of CoCs by category, as well as information on the extent to which homelessness exists in each category nationally. The brief also includes a link to an interactive map with information on homelessness by geographic type across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Next month, the Alliance will release Part II of the series, which will examine the differences in rates of homelessness by geography type.

Homelessness Counts: Changes in Homelessness from 2005 to 2007

January 13, 2009

In 2007, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released Homelessness Counts, establishing a 2005 baseline for measuring progress in the fight to end homelessness. This report is a follow up to that report. Here, we analyze the changes from 2005 to 2007, looking more closely at changes at the state level and among subpopulations.