The Bassuk Center

US Data Underestimates Family Homelessness

A Boston Globe article published in response to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report covers several important demographics of those struggling with homelessness in Massachusetts: Puerto Rican evacuees, youth (18-24) without children, veterans, and elderly. However, the article doesn’t address families and children, and the HUD report vastly underestimates those numbers.

Parents are often afraid to come out of the shadows, partly because they fear losing custody. The issues for families experiencing homelessness differ greatly from single adults; the assessments and solutions, therefore, need to be different too. Read a letter of the editor in response by Ellen Bassuk and Jacki Hart, president and director of the Bassuk Center.