homeless in the United States how bad will it get





Homelessness in the United States. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development 's Annual Homeless Assessment Report, as of 2018 there were around 553,000 homeless people in the United States on a given night, or 0.17% of the population.




Homeless experts and some federal housing officials are sounding the alarm that the patchwork of government efforts to address the coronavirus risks leaving out one group of acutely vulnerable people: the homeless.
Housing advocates say they fear an outbreak could occur in large homeless encampments where thousands of people live on the street and lack the ability to self-quarantine, receive medical attention, or access cleaning facilities.
Shelters across the country are already grappling with the enormous challenges of increasing capacity to get more people off the streets, while also increasing space between the beds within their facilities to reduce the risk of spread, according to housing experts and shelter operators.


Homeless outreach workers say they are struggling to get critical information about the virus to homeless people who are without the Internet and, in many cases, unaware of the dangers posed by the coronavirus. At the same time, several large shelters have told federal officials that the volunteers they depend on are staying home at a worrisome rate and cannot be replaced, according to one senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning.
The White House and Department of Housing and Urban Development have to this point not moved to deploy emergency funding to help the homeless or housing shelters. The bipartisan agreement that was approved by the House late on Friday night also did not include any measures aimed at the homeless, despite concerns raised by advocacy groups to congressional lawmakers. The measures announced by President Trump on Friday likewise did not include any specific provision for the homeless.


Exacerbating the danger is that coronavirus has begun rippling through the U.S. economy, causing layoffs across a number of industries and putting low-wage workers at risk of being evicted. Only a handful of cities have approved or are considering temporary moratoriums on evictions during the coronavirus, which leads experts to fear of a potential increase in the homeless population.

“Congress is about to pass an emergency spending bill that entirely neglects the urgent needs of people experiencing homelessness,” said Diane Yentel, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. “Providing resources to protect against an outbreak of coronavirus among people who are homeless is not only a moral imperative, it’s an urgent public health necessity.”
The senior administration official said work has begun within the Trump administration on asking Congress for money in the next congressional aid package, including emergency funding for shelters to pay their rent or leases. Two congressional aides said Democratic lawmakers were also working on such a request, but the timeline for such legislation is uncertain. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.
“Funding to protect homeless Americans is very much part of the discussions between the administration and Congress as we work toward a final agreement,” said HUD spokesman Matt Schuck in a statement.
The Trump administration has also provided shelters and other housing agencies with information from the CDC about social distancing and creating appropriate cleaning stations to prevent spread. HUD said it is working to provide “maximum flexibility” to allow communities to use their HUD grant money to help health care and homeless providers stem the coronavirus outbreak. HUD Secretary Ben Carson also said this week that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would probably bear responsibility for handling a response to the potential massive increase in needs for shelters.

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