Housing and Homelessness
On any given night in America, there are over 550,000 people experiencing homelessness, with around 3.5 million people experiencing homelessness over the course of a year. The Reform Jewish Movement has repeatedly called attention to the need to increase the availability of affordable housing and provide the means for people experiencing homelessness to make the transition from shelters and streets to stable homes.
Key Programs to Alleviate Housing and Homelessness
The main cause of homelessness is a lack of affordable housing. While the U.S. government defines affordable housing costs as 30 percent of an individual or family’s annual income, 37.8 million American households consistently pay well above 30 percent. A lack of affordable housing can magnify existing disparities in educational opportunities, job prospects, access to medical services, food security and quality of life.