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In response to the massive failure of these mainstream safety net programs to meet the needs of the most vulnerable Americans, targeted programs with the specific intent of alleviating homelessness were created through the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act and other measures. As mass homelessness has persisted, the targeted programs have grown, and a large “homeless” safety net beneath the mainstream safety net has emerged. The publisher of this paper, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, represents one part of a homeless services industry that now spends about two billion dollars of Federal funds each year. While the targeted homeless programs do alleviate homelessness for hundreds of thousands of people each year – still just a portion of those in need – and are crucial to homeless persons’ very survival, they do not prevent homelessness, and do not put an end to homelessness itself. (NHCHC)
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