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Housing represents the fundamental base-solution to the problem of homelessness, with the lack of affordable housing and the limited scale of housing assistance programs contributing to the current housing crisis and to homelessness.

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Racial Equity

The compounded history of redlining, disinvestment, and other forms of discrimination have created the current system of institutional racism which disproportionately impacts communities of color in the United States.

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Civil Rights and the Criminalization of Homelessness

In cities with an admitted lack of available shelters and few jobs that pay a living wage, people who do not have housing sometimes rest at bus stops or on sidewalks or in public spaces, or are forced to carry their worldly goods with them wherever they go. But instead of responding with added housing resources, some cities have increased criminalization of life-sustaining activities.

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Lived Experience

People who have experienced homelessness are the true experts, and should be leading community and policy solutions at every level. 

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Employment & Income

Forty-four percent of un-housed American residents, of working age and condition, performed some type of work for pay in any given month; most do not make enough to obtain and retain afford permanent housing. Additionally, many people experiencing homelessness are unable to earn an income due to a permanent or temporary disabling condition.

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Poor health is both a cause and a result of homelessness. As a result, the National Coalition for the Homeless believes that everyone should have access to adequate and affordable health care.

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Family Homelessness

Homelessness is not simply an issue that pertains to single men and women, but is experienced by thousands of families a year, and one of the fastest growing homeless populations is families with children.

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Elder Homelessness

When thinking about homelessness, elderly individuals do not immediately come to our mind. However, elders, although increasing in numbers, continue to be a forgotten population.

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Youth Homelessness

Homeless youth are individuals under the age of eighteen who lack parental, foster, or institutional care. Causes of homelessness among youth fall into three inter-related categories: family problems, economic problems, and residential instability.

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Veteran Homelessness

Far too many veterans are homeless in America representing between one-fourth and one-fifth of all homeless people. Three times that many veterans are struggling with excessive rent burdens and thus at increased risk of homelessness.

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LGBT Homelessness

Homeless LGBT persons often have great difficulty finding shelters that accept and respect them. As a result, LGBT persons experiencing homelessness are often at a heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation compared with their heterosexual peers.

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Trauma Informed Care

Trauma Informed Care creates a safe and healing culture in programmatic settings in order to sustain housing for people who have experienced trauma.  A trauma informed staff, community, or society can make housing more accessible and sustainable. 

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