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Miracle! Homelessness Is Down Under Obama

From the Partnership For Strong Communities:

Report Finds Marginal Declines in U.S. Homelessness

January 23, 2012

A new report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) shows a nationwide 1% decrease in homelessness, although NAEH notes that this is not indicative of a permanent trend. The NAEH report, “The State of Homelessness in America 2012,” used data from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s collection of Point in Time (PIT) homeless counts gathered from all the states from 2009-2011.

The report showed a nationwide 1% decrease in homelessness over the 2009-2011 time period.

Which just happens to coincide with the time that Mr. Obama has been in the White House. What are the odds?

We have just had the deepest and longest economic recession since the Great Depression, a record number of home foreclosures, and we are supposed to believe that the number of homeless actually went down?

NAEH states that this drop may be attributed to the federal dollars pumped into the system by the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). However, money for that program will begin to dry up by fall of 2012.

Have you ever even heard of this program before? (Of course not.) But it was another $1.5 billion dollar program tucked away in Obama’s stimulus package. Because nothing stimulates the economy and job growth like funding emergency shelters for the homeless.

In addition, since 2011, the last year of data used for the report, there are already signs that the number of homeless are increasing.

So it would seem that the program isn’t working, after all.

This is not surprising since homelessness is a lagging indicator. As the economic recession continues, it is expected that homelessness will rise as at risk households use up the savings and other assets which may be keeping them afloat

We thought the recession ended in July 2009, which is more than two and a half years ago.

Anyway, it is clear that the sole purpose of this National Alliance to End Homelessness report is to continue the funding for this supposedly one time emergency program.

Here is an excerpt from the report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, which is practically unreadable, being written in bureaucratese:

The State of Homelessness in America 2012

17 Jan 2012

The State of Homelessness in America 2012 examines homelessness between 2009 and 2011, a period of economic downturn in the nation. The report shows that despite the bad economy, homelessness decreased by 1 percent during this period. The decrease was likely due to a significant investment of federal resources to prevent homelessness and quickly re-house people who did become homeless. The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) was a $1.5 billion federal effort to prevent a recession-related increase in homelessness.

It was built upon ground-breaking work at the federal level and in jurisdictions across the nation to improve the homelessness system by adopting evidence-based, cost effective interventions. In 2010, its first year of operation, it assisted nearly 700,000 at-risk and homeless people. This report provides evidence that it was successful in achieving its goal of preventing a significant increase in homelessness…

The resources provided by HPRP have run out in many communities and the program will sunset entirely in the fall of 2012; despite the need and proven effectiveness these resources have not been replaced. Debt and deficit reduction at the federal level have begun to shrink assistance available to the most vulnerable. In the year since the data in this report was collected (January 2011), there have already been reports that the number of homeless people is increasing. So while holding the line on homelessness between 2009 and 2011 was a major accomplishment of federal investment and local innovation, the failure to sustain this early recipe for success threatens to undermine progress now and in the future

In other words, this is another temporary government program, created because of an emergency, that wants to be made permanent. And who can vote against funding for the homeless?

By the way, aren’t the people who are living in these emergency shelters still considered to be homeless by most government standards?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, February 3rd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Miracle! Homelessness Is Down Under Obama”

  1. tranquil.night

    Why doesn’t Spike just take his own advice and mandate everybody has to have a home, like HealthCare

    Joblessness? Just redefine what it means and voila.

    Who says it ain’t easy being King? Representative government is so out-dated.

    • tranquil.night

      In fact, he could probably get bipartisan support for that first proposal with McMitt. If not in practice, at least in intent. ‘Cause Mittsy cares about the po’

  2. proreason

    Homelessness down. Unemployment down. Stock market up.

    It’s just the start of it. Wait till the cpi stats come out in the fall. I’m expecting a two and a half twist with no splash. SS increases are published in Sept for the following Jan and are based on a different cpi indicator than the cpi indicator that is regularly published. Right here on S&L, ol pro is predicting that the SS increase will be very nice this year, thankyewthankyewverrrrrymucccch, whereas the widely published one will be lower and “under control”. I know, I know, it’s a wild predictiction, but I’m known for my courage.

    Pravda will be dancing in the streets and popping champaign by October as the turnaround tsunami is in full roar..

  3. Bronson

    They’re obviously not counting the homeless Occutards in Oakland; you must go from being a homeless person to a 99%-er just by misspelling “Ocupy” on your cardboard sign. What a joke.


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