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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/30/2019
Elysa Neumann, Centre for Public Impact
USA Today: Homelessness: A national problem with a local solution
Originally published in USA Today.
Few national problems seem more intractable than homelessness.
On any given night last year, more than half a million people were experiencing homelessness in America, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Recent counts place New York City's homeless population at 78,676 and Los Angeles' at 49,955. Thousands more, equivalent in size to small towns, can be found in city after city: more than 12,000 in and around Seattle; over 8,500 in metropolitan San Diego; and more than 6,000 each in Boston, the Las Vegas area and the county that holds Phoenix.
Even Austin, Texas, which has one of the lowest unemployment rates among America's largest metropolitan areas (2.8%), is engaged in a heated debate over how to best address homelessness.
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