[Ed. – Notice the many qualifiers sprinkled throughout the article.]
Uncle Sam is prioritizing the fight against homelessness like he never has before.
Federal funding for programs addressing homelessness is at its highest level ever, according to a report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness provided to The Huffington Post.
Through several initiatives by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education, targeted U.S. spending for the current fiscal year is $4.5 billion.
The unprecedented funding is “probably in part” to credit for a decline in net homelessness: 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2014 — down 2.3 percent from the year before.
What’s more, improvements were tracked within every major sub-population, such as the chronically homeless, families and unsheltered persons. Veteran homelessness, for example, has dropped 33 percent in the past five years….
First lady Michelle Obama has also contributed to curbing homelessness. Since shelaunched the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness last June, 313 mayors and 101 county and city officials across the country have committed to getting every veteran into stable housing, the White House reported in January. New Orleans, Houston, Salt Lake City and Phoenix, Arizona, have all documented significant progress on the issue.