Homelessness and poor health have a strong link. Empirical evidence suggests that the more access an individual has to safe, stable, and clean housing, the better their health status. Studies have also found that housing reduces overall health care expenditures. Individuals without access to such experience increased rates of morbidity, mortality, and risk-taking behaviors, such as substance use.
Unfortunately, Federal Rental Assistance designed to help those who pay more than half their income for rent is not keeping pace with the need.
This report provides an overview of federal housing assistance programs, participation in these programs, and trends over time.