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August 28, 2013

Drop in U.S. Homelessness Has Mostly Gone Unnoticed

With little attention from politicians and the media, homelessness has declined nationwide in recent years, but the federal sequester cuts could reverse that progress, according to The Atlantic.

Even as the recession sent unemployment and foreclosures skyrocketing, the number of homeless people nationwide dropped 17 percent from 2005 to 2012, according to estimates by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations conducted major anti-homelessness initiatives, including a $1.5-billion program launched with stimulus funds in 2009.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development says mandated budget cuts from homelessness programs could expel 100,000 people—nearly one-sixth of the homeless population—from housing and shelter programs this year.