Why is Homelessness On The Rise in The U.S.?

Homelessness is not a new issue, yet it is not receiving enough attention for the general public and lawmakers. As of January 2019, approximately 568,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States. This was an increase of 15,000 people from 2018. In 2020, this number rose to 580,000. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, two trends are primarily responsible for this national rise: a growing shortage of affordable rental properties and a simultaneous increase in poverty. These two factors, in combination with persistent inflation, contribute to the massive homelessness crisis seen today. Other factors that can lead to homelessness are substance abuse, escaping domestic violence, disabilities, and mental health.