In King County, Washington, which includes the city of Seattle, Native Americans account for only 1 percent of the population but 15 percent of the total population of those experiencing homelessness and 32 percent of the total population of those experiencing chronic homelessness.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), state governments have increasingly focused on enhancing services and protections at the intersection of housing and health — including on topics such as eviction prevention, recovery residences, and supportive housing — since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Since 2015, the number of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in the United States — a population especially vulnerable to the economic, housing, and social effects of homelessness — has risen continuously.
In late 2021, to focus on rebuilding after the COVID-19 pandemic and implementing the British levelling up policy, the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government was rebranded as the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).
Most low-income families can qualify for housing choice vouchers (HCVs); however, although the HCV program imposes no limits on the duration of assistance, eligible households often remain on a waiting list for years before receiving assistance.
In March 2021, the Milwaukee Soldiers Home, a historic landmark on the grounds of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, that once housed elderly and disabled Civil War veterans in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, reopened as a supportive housing complex for veterans.
People who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) face disproportionately high rates of homelessness and can encounter hostility in accessing housing and other services because of their gender expression or sexual identity.
Opened in 2019, Arroyo Village is a $38 million, 130-unit development that combines affordable workforce housing, permanent supportive housing, and a 60-bed homeless shelter on a single property in northwest Denver’s Villa Park neighborhood.
Permanent supportive housing is an effective strategy for helping families at risk of experiencing homelessness find the stability and assistance they need to break intergenerational cycles of poverty.
In 2016, Denver, Colorado, launched a supportive housing program with comprehensive wraparound services intended to help stabilize individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and frequent incarceration.
In June 2021, the national housing development and advocacy nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners hosted HUD officials and local government executives from around the country in a webinar to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing, the vital importance of federal resources, and plans to ensure that affordable housing is equitable.