Poverty and Homelessness

The connections between poverty and homelessness are in some ways well understood.  There is ample evidence that people who are homeless are also people who are poor.  Virtually all people in the United States who experience literal homelessness (i.e. one or more episodes of living on the streets or in emergency shelter) also have incomes at or below the poverty line.  Many people who are chronically homeless have no income at all.  Lack of income coupled with unaffordable rents is a key underlying cause of homelessness.Yet while virtually all homeless people are poor, only a very small fraction of people who live in poverty ever experience homelessness.

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Evidence for Rapid Re-Housing Effectiveness

The wide-spread implementation of rapid re-housing programs began around 2009 with the passage of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).   Since the ending of HPRP in 2011, communities have continued their rapid re-housing efforts using other sources, including SSVF, ESG, and other funds.

Many communities have evaluated the effectiveness of these programs; overwhelmingly, the results favor Rapid Re-Housing as an impressively effective and cost-effective model.

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