Interagency Council on Homelessness Releases Statement on Rising Rate of Unsheltered Homelessness

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released a statement on May 25 in response to a deepening crisis involving unsheltered homelessness and the spread of encampments. The statement asserts that unsheltered homelessness is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and acknowledges that the crisis is growing worse every day. The statement calls on state and local elected officials to refrain from quickly clearing encampments and instead to integrate strategies for addressing unsheltered homelessness into a coordinated, cross-government effort that involves individuals experiencing homelessness themselves and utilizes emerging best practices in outreach, shelter, supportive services, and housing.

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