In the effort to ending homelessness efforts have been successfully made to bring together new partners, galvanizing public and private support, and shaping public awareness of what it takes to end homelessness. Current process to count citizens underestimate the problem they provide only a literal count on a given night and not an estimate of the extent of homelessness over the course of a year—a much, much larger number.
As we focus on ending homelessness one person or one family at a time, we are not doing enough to solve the structural causes of homelessness. The lack of affordable housing, wage stagnation, the wealth gap, institutional racism, and inadequate health and social services for people living in poverty can all be causes for homelessness. Unless we figure out the prevention side of things, new homelessness will continue to happen.