Infographic: Cost of Ending Homelessness in U.S. Less than Yearly Christmas Decorations

| by Michael Allen

A report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development says that the U.S. homeless population held steady from 2011 to 2012.

However, the report also says that homeless rates have fallen in the military community by 17 percent since 2009.

Nan Roman, President of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, told “[The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness] have set ambitious goals for themselves, but I don’t think those are goals that aren’t doable. But not at the rate that we’re going.”

Mark Johnston, the Acting Assistant Housing Secretary for Community Planning and Development, says about $20 billion is needed to end homelessness in the U.S., which is a little less than what Americans spend on Christmas decorations yearly, according to, which created this infographic.