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The Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition kicked off its weeklong point-in-time count this week with hopes of seeing the homeless population stabilize. Hamilton County saw an 81 percent increase in homelessness between 2020 and 2021.
Maine’s largest city has proposed funding for affordable housing, employee retention bonuses, an addiction medicine program, health care for the homeless and more.
There are an estimated 1,228 people experiencing homelessness in Oakland County, Mich., and officials worry that numbers will continue to worsen as federal aid programs end and inflation continues to increase costs of living.
Evictions across the region have increased as California’s state and local pandemic-induced renter protections expired at the end of June. Tenant advocates expect eviction rates to continue rising.
The annual census found that chronic homelessness rose 43 percent since 2020, even as the county and city of Santa Rosa spent an unprecedented $4 million on housing homeless people through the first 15 months of the pandemic.
We shouldn’t give in to the idea that it’s too large and complex to be solved. The policies most responsible for homelessness were enacted by public officials, and it’s within their authority to fix them.
Commissioner Adrian Garcia has said that his precinct’s pilot program, which paid participants $15 an hour to clean public spaces, was a success and will expand countywide with a $2.1 million budget.
The Maine city’s budget increased 27 percent from last year’s $212 million budget, but this year it includes a 5.5 percent tax rate increase. The City Council also approved a code of ethics and appointed a new city clerk.
Shouldn’t being able to live in an affordable, safe and sanitary home be considered a human right? There are several ways local leaders could attack the problem.
Pilot projects in five communities will test how best to address the health risks that are connected to homelessness. Results could help guide professionals in reducing what has been a chronic problem.
The Department of Veterans Affairs aims to get at least 1,500 homeless veterans in Los Angeles into permanent housing, and 38,000 nationally, by the end of the year, which would be 10 percent more veterans than in 2021.
The emergency response agency argues that the city improperly rolled back public health orders while the city thinks that the shelters it built for homeless populations should be covered by federal disaster aid.
A majority of voters believe the state is headed in the wrong direction and are concerned about rising crime rates and the homelessness crisis. Newsom is up for re-election in the Nov. 2022 midterms.
A Washington state bill that would create an office to address homeless encampments around state-owned rights of way passed its first committee vote last Wednesday. There are 871 homeless camps documented in Seattle.
States and localities have been slow to spend federal emergency money.
The California governor last year poured $12 billion into homeless housing and services and wants to invest another $1.5 billion next year. But advocates want long-term investments instead of one-time grants.