Homelessness occurs in almost every city in the U.S. Contributing factors include lack of sufficient income, unemployment and a low inventory of affordable housing. In 2017, 34 percent of the over 550,000 people experiencing homelessness lived in a place not meant for human habitation, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Attempting to remedy this issue, which is driving people to live on the street or in abandoned or condemned buildings, urban planners strive to improve housing affordability via neighborhood development strategies. Through their work creating communities, accommodating population growth and initiating revitalization projects, urban planners can assist in addressing the issue of homelessness.