Resource Title: New Strategies and Collaborations Target Homelessness
Product Type: PD&R; Research, Reports to Congress, Research Materials
Date Completed: January 2002
Author/Organization: Fannie Mae Foundation
Homelessness is back in the news, and is receiving increased attention from policy makers. Some communities have experienced a surge in homelessness, attributed to the slowing of the nation's economy and continued strength in metropolitan housing markets. New York City, faced with a record number of families in its shelter system this summer, drew the wrath of advocates when it opened a homeless intake center in a former city jail. In San Francisco, the issue became a major focus of debate during the recent mayoral election, as widespread street homelessness has persisted despite a decade of investments in the local homeless service system. Yet contrary to the pessimism that these examples may invite, many local communities have recently joined national advocacy organizations, as well as the Bush administration, in embracing the ambitious goal of "ending homelessness" in ten years.