Reno implements new solution to address homelessness
Is ending homelessness achievable?
In a 2021 survey of Mayors conducted by Boston University, almost 75% of Mayors believe they are held accountable to address homelessness but an even larger percentage feel ill-equipped to do so. The survey found “majorities of mayors also see public opposition to new housing and shelters, limited human services, and a lack of coordination between different government and social service agencies as obstacles.” Moreover, “78 percent of mayors say that police have at least some influence over their city’s homelessness policy.” To compound the problem, many mayors also assert they have limited data to gain visibility into the issue and less than half of mayors surveyed state that ending homelessness is a goal.
As the pandemic spread, it was near impossible to ignore homelessness in America. Depending on where you lived, more and more individuals and families took up residence in tents underneath bridges, in parks or wherever they could rest their bones. The most recent Department of Housing and Urban Development Annual Homeless Assessment Report submitted to Congress found that 580,466 people experienced homelessness in the United States on a single night in 2020 (The 2021 assessment report has not yet been finalized and released). This map helps break the totals by each state, and we can observe almost 7K are reported as being homeless in Nevada where the city of Reno has taken a new approach with federal government funding to address local homelessness.
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