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The Biden Administration Pushes Cities to Get Serious About Homelessness

A federal initiative called House America will ask cities, counties and states to pledge to curb homelessness, in exchange for federal support and resources. 

A man experiencing homelessness sleeps on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in March 2021. 

A man experiencing homelessness sleeps on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in March 2021. 

Photographer: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images

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The White House is launching a new national initiative to combat the rising tide of homelessness, a pact with local governments to commit resources and energy to the people suffering most due to the national housing crisis.

With “House America,” the administration of President Joe Biden is asking leaders of city, county, state and tribal governments across the U.S. to make a public pledge to reduce homelessness. In turn, the federal government will provide guidance and support to achieve two goals: providing permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness and building new affordable units for those on the brink.