Homelessness prevention and support

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Policymakers should take actions to prevent and address homelessness. This includes: 

  • expanding the availability of subsidized housing, including housing with services (see also Subsidized Rental Housing and Housing Accessibility in this chapter). 
  • placing greater emphasis on early interventions. This includes emergency assistance to prevent evictions and foreclosures, as well as supports for people who are at risk of homelessness. Housing assistance should not require completion of drug rehabilitation or other programs. 
  • developing a continuum of transitional and supportive housing arrangements. 
  • increasing funding for shelters, day-use centers, and services that support people who are homeless. Congress should fund assistance at least at current levels. 
  • expanding access to safe housing for people who experience housing insecurity during declared emergencies. This may include using hotel rooms or building temporary units with modular construction.