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HUD REPORT TO CONGRESS FINDS FEWER FAMILIES IN SHELTERS, SUGGESTING STRONGER SOCIAL SAFETY NET IS WORKING


ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released its Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress. Each year, the report provides the critical benchmark on the number of people known to be experiencing homelessness on a single night. This year's report?which looks back at 2021?indicates that funding provided through the CARES Act for emergency rental assistance and other homelessness prevention, as well as nationwide eviction moratoria, helped keep more people?in particular families?out of shelters. However, nearly half of all communities were given waivers to the requirement that they conduct an unsheltered count, because doing so posed a high risk of exacerbating COVID-19 transmissions.  Abt Associates' analysis includes an examination of unsheltered people from the small number of communities that did conduct a count, though it is not representative of the entire country.

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"The 2021 decline in people experiencing sheltered homelessness is proof that a stronger social safety net can make a difference," said Abt's Meghan Henry, AHAR's research director and lead author. "It is our responsibility to act on this knowledge and continue to target additional resources to the most vulnerable among us."

"The data in AHAR help Congress better understand which communities are hardest hit by homelessness, where and how we are making progress, and where we need to do more," said Abt President and CEO Kathleen Flanagan. "We look forward to building on these insights, and our longstanding partnership with HUD, to continue reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness."

About Abt Associates

Abt Associates is a global consulting and research firm that combines data and bold thinking to improve the quality of people's lives. We partner with clients and communities to advance equity and innovation?from creating scalable digital solutions and combatting infectious disease, to mitigating climate change and evaluating programs for measurable social impact?and more.

http://www.abtassociates.com

SOURCE Abt Associates


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