Shortage of affordable housing at all-time high
This past June, the Coalition shared a post indicating that more American renters than ever before are struggling to pay for housing.
A new report released by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) confirms these findings. According to ICPH’s report, A Home by Any Other Name: Enhancing Shelters Addresses the Gap in Low-income Housing, the gap between the need for and availability of affordable rental units for poor renters (households earning less than the poverty level for a family of three) is at an all-time high.
In part due to this growing shortage of affordable housing, family homelessness increased 20% from 2007 to 2010.
While there are many factors contributing to homelessness, a shortage of affordable rental housing makes it particularly challenging for homeless families to remain self-sufficient.
As ICPH shows, shelters across America have become home to many families. To reduce the growing number, the report suggests that shelters move to become “work plus housing” by offering job training, education, and independent-living and life skills courses. “Shelters should be seen as tools, not as roadblocks, for these families working to restore their independence,” said Ralph da Costa Nunez, president of ICPH.
Coalition for the Homeless agrees. Our clients are case-managed and referred to programs and services offered by Coalition partners, such as Orange County Public Schools, Goodwill Industries, and Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare.
According to the report, over a million individuals in families across America will be homeless tonight. We need to work together to give our neighbors in need the dignity and opportunity every family deserves.