CBS News recently published an article about the US housing crisis. They descried the sharp decline in affordable housing which has increased in US coastal metropolitans and is spreading beyond them, thus exacerbating inequality everywhere as less people can own homes. The article states that the US is currently short of 3.8 million homes to meet residents’ requirement.
As our friends at Covenant House explained, this means additional difficulties to youth experiencing homelessness who have limited affordable housing options, especially post-covid. This issue, they say, drives up the need for transitional housing.
In Israel, we are dealing with similar challenges. The country has been facing a housing crisis for years and young people are finding it very difficult to become home owners. ELEM’s staff is constantly working on providing a safe environment for young people and youth in our shelters. We are also working on broader policy issues, such as affordable housing solutions for young mothers at-risk, trying to bridge the soci0-economic disparities.
If you want to learn more about how we are tackling these issues we recommend you check out our newly launched Young Mothers At-Risk program page. You can also learn more about our shelters such as Galgal/Friendship House.