Homelessness : The Department Of Housing And Urban Development ( Hud )
The purpose of this paper is to expand the definition of homelessness defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The definition of homelessness needs to be developed to focus more on preventive care rather than rehabilitation. Previous research conducted has shown that there are common preventable predictors for homelessness. Targeting these particular predictors can significantly reduce the number of chronically homeless individuals. The Policy proposed here looks to expand the HUD definition of Homelessness to focus on providing resources to prevent homelessness. Unlike previous policy, it seeks to provide care for youth with shared or “doubled up” living arrangements.
II. SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM
Homelessness is an issue that affects thousands of Americans at any given time. The 2014, Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) found that on any given night in 2014, 578,424 people were homeless (Henry etc.,2014). In Michigan alone there the campaign to end homelessness found that Michigan organizations provided care for 70,636 people experiencing homelessness (Ritter, 2013) However, these statistics do not explain the complete picture of homelessness and are only focused on individuals and families who were either admitted to residential programs or found in unsheltered locations. Additionally, this point in time method used by the HUD does not accurately depict the number of homelessness. Studies have found that there has been a…