Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, homelessness took on a greater priority in communities across the nation. Driven by the economic impacts of the pandemic, the federal government stepped forward with emergency resources to help keep people who had housing in their homes, and to help those without housing secure a place to live. These interventions have had a critically important impact, but in the face of rising levels of homelessness since 2016 and an increasingly visible epidemic of unsheltered homelessness, they have not solved the problem of homelessness.   

What will the coming year hold for efforts to end homelessness? As the nation hopes for a return to normalcy in 2022, the National Alliance to End Homelessness addresses five key questions that will ultimately impact whether homelessness can be reduced next year.  

  1. Will COVID-19 subside in the coming year?
  2. Will the Build Back Better bill pass the Senate, and will it include the necessary investments in affordable housing?
  3. Will Federal relief resources be equitably targeted to people experiencing homelessness?
  4. How will communities respond to unsheltered homelessness?
  5. What innovations will communities create?

Read the full article about homelessness in 2022 at National Alliance to End Homelessness.