Homelessness in the United States has risen for the first time since the tail end of the Great Recession as , people slept rough or in a shelter in a single night earlier this year, with the West Coast facing a particularly acute problem. The one night count in January represented the first time since .A homeless man in downtown San Francisco. The government study cites rising rents and a lack of affordable housing as key drivers. Photograph Josh Edelson AFP Getty Images. America s homeless population has risen this year for the first time since the Great Recession, propelled by the housing crisis .The nation s homeless population increased in for the first time since , driven by more people living on the streets in West Coast. But Mayor Eric Garcetti said that insufficient federal funding for affordable housing and anti homelessness programs are part of the reason for the city s current crisis..Homelessness in the United States went up slightly this year for the first time since . During a one night count in The increase is almost entirely due to a surge in homelessness in Los Angeles and other cities facing severe shortages of affordable housing, say HUD officials. Many of the cities are on .
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