On any given night, there are 800,000 people on the streets, with around 3.5 million people experiencing homelessness over the course of a year.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides several services for those seeking affordable housing. The issue of housing is also affected by other federal government policies.
Bills related to affordable housing issues in the 111th Congress
The Reform Jewish Movement has repeatedly called attention to the need for increasing the availability of affordable housing and helping provide the means for homeless people to make the transition from shelters and the street to permanent homes.