Ending Homelessness in America


Every night there are around 650,000 people, some 75 percent are families with children, without a roof over their heads. But for 80 percent, these crushing weeks will be the only stint of homelessness in their lives. Most have some money a strong work ethic, but are just unable to find work and secure low-cost housing. Providing short-term housing and support services to help the homeless back on their feet is not only the right thing to do morally, it also saves money in the long run by cutting down on other costs to the community.

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Building Capacity to End Homelessness
National Alliance to End HomelessnessThe National Alliance to End Homelessness is a leading voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. The Alliance works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build capacity, leading to stronger programs that help communities achieve their goal of ending homelessness. Read more.


Read the National Alliance to End Homelessness essay: "Ending Homelessness: A Dream with a Plan"
Read the Alliance for Ending Homelessness essay

Endnotes & References


Denver's Elaborate Plan to End Homelessness Sees Big Successes


What Can I Do?

Volunteer at a local homelessness shelter.

Why? Just housing the homeless isn’t nearly as helpful as showing compassion and providing useful services like a hot meal, childcare, and help finding a job.


What If?

Q.  What if a quarter of America’s homeless could find short-term housing every year?

A. Studies have shown that providing housing for a homeless individual, even for a brief period, saves the community about $3,500. If a quarter of the 1.6 million who are homeless at some point in the year were housed, that’d save the economy $1.4 billion.