US Federal Tax Cuts Spur Unprecedented Inter-City Housing Cooperation

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Homeless dog of a homeless man. Tucson, Arizona.

Cities in the American sunbelt bear a heavy brunt of the nation’s homelessness, thanks to the easier living conditions for those condemned to a life without housing. Inheriting the homeless from all the across the nation might lead southern cities to look to the federal government for funding help to spread the nation’s responsibility more fairly.

But in the current U.S. political climate, the opposite appears to be happening. There a lack of leadership on affordable housing from the federal government. The prevailing attitude in the nation’s capital: most of those who are caught on the wrong side of a housing door are not entitled to re-enter, apparently condemned instead to a lifelong nomadic existence roaming between street living, shelters, and tent cities.

Exacerbating the homelessness crisis in American cities, the recent tax reform giveaways to big business and the wealthy warn of public service budget cuts to come, including a reduction in federal funding support for future affordable housing initiatives.

The response of a number of mayors and CEOs has been to form a  Mayors & CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment coalition. Read more in Phoenix’s KTAR News: Arizona mayors to tackle affordable housing, homelessness issues