Media

Homelessness Encampments on the Rise

The unhoused have ongoing issues with finding housing. It remains critical that we take into
account how houseless individuals are reacting.


Marisa Kendall, a seasoned reporter on homelessness stated, “Sacramento has not
managed to reproduce the concept and has no plans to. Residents of the camp, who lack
electricity or running water, complain they feel forgotten.” (West Coast stations and Q.E.D.)
Scarce resources have further constrained the program’s replication. Rules have been highly
enforced in these types of living situations. These rules include curfews and even sometimes a
no-visitors policy. This is not always easy for some. Eric Tars, senior policy director of the
National Homelessness Law Center, says, “Where service providers can find them regularly and
they aren’t going to lose contact with people as they work their way to housing — those are all
good things. But it would be even better if they were doing them indoors.” Meaning that the
residents living here should be in more suitable living conditions. Rather than staying in a camp
with little accessibility.

Another article written by Marisa Kendall weighs in on the growth of
homelessness. Kendall writes, “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,
which requires the counts every other year, compiles the data from across the country into an
annual report submitted to Congress. Last year, the department tallied 181,399 unhoused
Californians — 28% of the nation’s total homeless population. That’s up nearly 40% from five
years ago.” This can be a difficult situation and has been a situation California has been trying to
tackle for a long time. Especially with inflation, it has been a problem. Prices are skyrocketing
more and more making it hard for some to afford them. An article from the National Library of
Medicine states. “One of the major issues contributing to homelessness is the rising cost of
housing. Housing accounted for a fifth of inflation in 2022 in the United States. However, by
March 2023, the housing inflation rate rose to 2.6 percentage points, accounting for half of the
annual consumer price index inflation.” This causes those to turn to alternatives such as
becoming more mindful of their budget or food programs like CalFresh.

There are ways we will continue to fight these issues and in the meantime, there is much
work to be done. Programs that incorporate the idea of spreading this wide range of recognition
are beneficial. The National Network for Youth does just that. A promise they make on their
website is “…dedicated to preventing and ending youth and young adult homelessness. NN4Y
envisions a world where all young people have a safe place to call home with endless
opportunities to reach their full potential.” If you would like to take part in this movement, please
call +1 (202) 783-7949 or message them on their website under “Contact Us.”

References:

Kendall, M. (1970, March 11). City-sanctioned homeless camp in Sacramento now under
threat of prosecution. what went wrong. KQED.
https://www.kqed.org/news/11978863/sacramento-gave-a-homeless-camp-a-lease-as-an-ex
periment-heres-what-happened

Kendall, M. (2024, January 26). How big is California’s homelessness crisis? inside the
massive, statewide effort to find out. CalMatters.
https://calmatters.org/housing/homelessness/2024/01/california-homeless-point-in-time-co
unt-2024/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10574586/#:~:text=One%20of%20the%20
major%20issues,price%20index%20inflation%20%5B3%5D. (n.d.).

Home. National Network for Youth. (2024, March 11). https://nn4youth.org/

Scroll to Top