According to the Bay Area Council Economic Institute's recent Report (April 10 2019) "The Bay Area's homeless crisis ranks among the worst in the United states." The report goes on to say that solving this crisis requires interventions across all states of homelessness.
1. Preventing individuals from becoming homeless in the first place is the most cost effective way to keep the crisis from growing.
2. Providing shelter to the unsheltered will alleviate the crisis on the streets. 3. Maximizing the number of units and supportive programs will provide a long term solution.
To accomplish this, homelessness must been addressed at the earliest states to keep individual and families in their homes. State and local collaboration through one agency can standardize managment plans and track homeless data and trends. Homeless services must be simplified to identify and design platforms for intake, care and tracking. For a better understanding of the problem and potential solutions, read the full report
Today, the U.S. government spends roughly 30 percent of what it used to spend on subsidized affordable housing before the 1980s.
Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) estimate that half of the single homeless adults are age 50 or older, compared to 11 percent in the early 1990s — a 354 percent uptick.
Reasons why an older person might experience homelessness for the first time.
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