Though the affordable housing shortage is key, mental illness increases the risk of losing a home and makes it harder to regain one.
Getting an unhoused person into a home can cost $10,000 a year — and more than 580,000 people are unhoused on any given night.
In Missouri, it’s now illegal. In Tennessee, it can be a felony. But criminalizing homelessness could make it harder for people to find homes.