Jennifer Ludden, NPR

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Homelessness in the U.S. hit a record high last year as pandemic aid ran out

Homelessness has been rising since 2017 in large part because of the country's massive shortage of affordable housing.
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Why can’t we stop homelessness? 4 reasons why there’s no end in sight

Advocacy groups and researchers say a big driving force is the decline of affordable housing, a problem decades in the making.
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Millions of Americans are resorting to risky ways to buy an affordable home

Alternative financing arrangements can be the only option for low-income Americans. But they lack the same protections as a mortgage, and many end up paying for years without ever gaining ownership.