As the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty notes, a growing body of research comparing the cost of homelessness – including the cost of criminalization – with the cost of providing housing to homeless people shows that ending homelessness through housing is the most affordable option over the long run.
With state and local budgets stretched to their limit, rational, cost effective policies are needed.
Lastly, arrests, unaffordable tickets, and the collateral consequences of criminal convictions make it more difficult for people to exit homelessness and get back on their feet.
COCs receive funds from HUD under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to provide direct services to the homeless people in their communities.
However, as the report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty in the link below details, there are serious concerns with the accuracy of the data obtained – that it actually significantly underestimates the number of homeless in the US.
This link is to a page where you may drill-down to every Continuum of Care (COC) in the US to view several years of data on homelessness. This data is the result of the annual Point in Time (PIT) count conducted nationwide. I encourage you to take a look and see what homelessness looks like in your community. If you have any questions, please contact us anytime!