Homelessness in America is becoming less common, but very slowly. The decrease is about 2%, which isn’t much considering the population. Up to 1.5 million people used homeless shelters sometime in 2014. On a typical night, there are about 0.5 million without conventional shelter. Several major cities have declared emergencies because their homeless populations have grown too much. Part of the issue is simply the lack of affordable housing. Inflation in general is low; but for low income people, the costs of housing, health care, and day care are rising making their lives and choices more difficult.
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