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Homelessness is terribly complicated. HUD estimates that roughly 1.4 million persons become homeless each year for an infinite number of reasons. It can be a disabling condition like mental illness or addiction or it can be attributed to temporary unemployment. Regardless, each story is a tragedy.
The good news is that the number of persons experiencing long-term, chronic homelessness is down…way down. The challenge confronting local communities, however, is the growing number of families seeking shelter. All across the country, HUD is helping to prevent and end homelessness—whether it’s through the Recovery Act’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program or its Continuum of Care grant programs.
Today, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan visited Palmer Court in Salt Lake City, one of the thousands of local HUD-funded programs nationwide helping homeless families. In addition to providing housing support, Palmer Court also offers a Head Start program for children and an employment pilot program to help increase the incomes of the families who live here. Read more about what HUD is doing to help prevent and end homelessness.