A Roof of One's Own

Romeo, Jim
December 2005
Planning;Dec2005, Vol. 71 Issue 11, p12
Trade Publication
The article looks at the increase in the number of homeless people in the United States. According to a survey announced in October 2005 by "USA Today," more than 727,000 individuals were homeless in 460 communities. However, about 3.5 million Americans are likely to experience homelessness in any given year. The Bush Administration's proposed budget for fiscal 2006 includes $28.5 billion for homelessness programs administered through the Housing and Urban Development and a $1 billion increase for Section 8 housing. It also includes $1.4 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants. Altogether, the Bush Administration has requested $4 billion in 2006 for federal housing and social programs for the homeless. With the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, homelessness was growing event more. According to Dan Straughan, executive director of the Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City, ideas about housing the homeless are changing. He says that the old model is based on a continuum of care that begins in an emergency homeless shelter. INSETS: Instant Shelter;How Does One Become Homeless?.


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