The Graying of Homelessness

There were 306,000 people over 50 living on the streets in 2014, the most recent data available, a 20 percent jump since 2007, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. They now make up 31 percent of the nation’s homeless population. The Graying of homelessness is a new problem for America that set up its programs to treat homelessness was designed to work with much younger individuals. Now we need to work with individuals who have been homeless for very long periods of time and are no longer able to work are addicted to drugs and alcohol and in cities with exorbitant rents.