Expand successful programs to address homelessness

Immediate housing like that provided in the successful Housing First program is essential to curb the homelessness crisis (“Homelessness was on decline, until we changed course,” The Herald, July 25). Expanding the housing voucher program to reach all who qualify, instead of the current 25 percent will help as well.

The increases in the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit are helping people pay their rent and should be made permanent. An expansion of affordable housing across America has long been championed by Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Suzan DelBene. All of these initiatives can combine to begin solving the sad state of homelessness in the world’s richest country.

Take a minute to thank your senators and representatives for working hard on these solutions and encourage them to pass these and other initiatives until homeless is history.

Willie Dickerson


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