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How Much Will Homelessness Rise? Grim Study Shows Possible ‘Impact of Doing Nothing,’ Researchers Say

SEATTLE TIMES: A new article discusses the potential effects the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the homelessness rate in the United States—including doubling the number of people experiencing homelessness during the Great Recession more than a decade ago. Abt’s Jill Khadduri stresses the importance of building up the housing voucher program, rather than simply focusing on developing more employment opportunities. “The structural problems of the U.S. economy is that a lot of work is not only low wage but unpredictable,” Khadduri said. “There’s a much easier and more direct way of keeping the current economic crisis from turning into more homelessness, and that’s to expand the housing voucher program so that more people are prevented from falling into homelessness.”

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