Ending Homelessness for Families: The Evidence for Affordable Housing
This paper from the National Alliance to End Homelessness
and Enterprise Community Partners
examines the existing research on family homelessness. The paper, by Marybeth Shinn of Vanderbilt University, examines existing research and indicates that families experiencing homelessness are similar to other low-income families and primarily lack access to affordable housing. The author discusses the important role of housing subsidies in helping families to prevent or end their homelessness and maintain housing stability. The paper also discusses the role of services in housing stability and family well-being.
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Housing + High School = Success: Schools and Communities Uniting to House Unaccompanied Youth
This publication and accompanying resource webpage from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
(NAEHCY) highlight the success of local homeless education liaisons who have inspired their schools and communities to provide housing to unaccompanied youth. Their innovative housing programs make creative use of minimal funding to give young people the safety and support they need to complete high school and continue into higher education. The publication offers ten steps to consider for four different temporary housing models for unaccompanied youth: host homes, group homes, independent living, and emergency shelters. In addition, resource links provide sample youth applications, host home applications, power of attorney forms, parental consent forms, confidentiality notices, job descriptions, posters, flyers, PowerPoint presentations, data collection tools, and other useful forms and documents.
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National Low Income Housing Coalition
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is dedicated solely to ending America's affordable housing crisis. NLIHC strives to achieve this goal by working in four program areas: public education, organizing, research, and policy advocacy. One particularly useful area of their website is their Congressional District Housing Profiles
page, where they provide housing affordability data for renter households in each congressional district by state.
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Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing (2021)
Out of Reach
, an annual publication from the National Low Income Housing Coalition
, reports on the housing wage - the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest rental home without spending more than 30% of his or her income on housing costs - for every state, county, and metropolitan area in the country. The report highlights the struggle faced by millions of families in affording a safe and decent home, as wages stagnate, rents increase, and the supply of affordable housing continues to be insufficient to meet the need.
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State of the Nation's Housing 2019
This report, published annually by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University
, uses statistics and trends to describe the current state of housing in the United States. It includes income and housing costs, median net wealth of owner and renter households, lowest-income households by cost burdens, median net wealth and homeownership rates by age and race/ethnicity, home prices by region and metropoltian areas, and more.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the primary federal government agency dealing with the issues of home ownership and homelessness within the United States. Browse their site to access numerous resources on these issues. Find information about homes and communities, organized by state, by selecting your state under "Local Information".
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Access HUD grantee contact information
Worst Case Housing Needs: 2017 Report to Congress