Reports released Friday indicated a dire shift in the epidemic of homelessness under the Biden Administration. The January 2023 Point-in-Time Count Report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development revealed that approximately 653,000 individuals were homeless as of the targeted date in January 2023, a stark 12% jump from the same measure in 2022. Homeless families with children are up 16%.
Marion McFadden, HUD’s principal deputy assistant secretary for community planning and development told The Wall Street, “A challenging rental market with historically low vacancy rates, expiring pandemic era housing programs, and an increase in people experiencing homelessness for the first time contributed to the increase in homelessness.”
According to WSJ, the increase in American homelessness reportedly reflected the conflagration of several contributing factors such as rapidly increasing housing costs, limited supply of affordable housing, the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic, and the overwhelming surge of illegal immigrants into already strained inner city homeless shelters.
When the increase was reported by CNN, Dec. 20th and Biden administration economic advisor Lael Brainard was asked about the record homelessness she flippantly told viewers, “People who already have homes … are feeling pretty good!”
Congresswoman Anna Pauliina Luna (R-FL) took to X quipping, “We’re in the “greatest economy since the 1950s” but homelessness has soared to the highest it’s ever been?”
“For those on the frontlines of this crisis, it’s not surprising,” said Ann Oliva, chief executive officer at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, told The Associated Press.
“The most significant causes are the shortage of affordable homes and the high cost of housing that have left many Americans living paycheck to paycheck and one crisis away from homelessness,” Jeff Olivet, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness said.
We’re in the “greatest economy since the 1950s” but homelessness has soared to the highest it’s ever been? https://t.co/DaSukpLuH1
— Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (@RepLuna) December 22, 2023
Meanwhile, as Charlie Kirk noted via X, Real America’s Voice revealed in a recent report that “the government is spending $500 million on housing and tents for foreign nationals when their streets are already full of homeless Americans.”
As previously reported by Trending Politics, a recent poll cited by CNBC found that concurring with Olivet’s statement a shocking 62% of Americans polled described themselves as living paycheck-to-paycheck in 2023. Citing U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Fox Business reported the same week that since Biden’s inauguration nearly every category measured in the Consumer price index has climbed by about 17%.