Homelessness History

The History of Homelessness in America

The term “homelessness” was first used in America in the 1870s. In the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act, homelessness is referred to as the condition where people lack a “fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” According to the Texas Homeless Network, the 1640s “mark the earliest documented instances of unhoused people surviving in America.” Today, there are approximately half a million people facing homelessness across America. Here is a timeline of how homelessness has changed over the years and how American leaders have reacted to the issue of homelessness.

The Timeline of Addressing San Francisco’s Homeless Crisis

In 1975, the end of the Vietnam War marked the beginning of an era of massive state and federal budget cuts in mental health services and public housing. These cuts, paired with an influx of returning war veterans, high rates of unemployment, escalating home prices, and a nationwide recession caused an unprecedented level of homelessness …

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