These four trends in rental housing have big implications for the growing affordable housing crisis

The rental housing landscape in America is rapidly changing: new people are becoming renters and many properties are aging.  Meanwhile, the pace at which new rental housing supply is being created can’t meet growing demand. This supply shortage is particularly acute for affordable housing, leading to an ongoing crisis. Tens of millions of Americans live in housing they cannot afford.

Unsheltered Homelessness: Trends, Causes, and Strategies to Address

People sleeping on park benches and street corners are the most visible reminder of the United States’ continuing struggle with homelessness. On any given night, over 175,000 people are unsheltered, sleeping outside or in places not meant for human habitation. On a positive note, unsheltered homelessness has been declining nationally for several years, but some jurisdictions, particularly some large cities, report increases.

Register Now for the 2017 PIT Count

We are just over a month away from conducting the Point-In-Time Count for the Mississippi Balance-of-State! The 2017 Point-In-Time Count will be held January 23rd-27th across the Balance of State. The reference period for the count will be January 23rd @ 12AM until January 24th @ 12AM. The MS Balance of State CoC wants to adequately supply all volunteers with sufficient resources to have a successful and thorough count. Surveys & forms, links, videos, and other information can be found at muteh.wordpress.com.

COMING IN JANUARY: 2017 Point-In-Time Count

During a 24-hour period in the last ten days of every January, homeless advocates across the nation seek to count the homeless persons within their coverage areas. The Point in Time (PIT) Count greatly affects funding, both private and public, for homeless services and affects the methodology of those services. A thorough count is crucial in identifying and understanding both the progress we’ve made and the gaps within our services. Mississippi Balance of State's Count will consist of 5 Regional Coalition Counts throughout our 71-county coverage area

2017 Central Homeless Connect

During the 2017 Point-In-Time Count, the Balance of State will partner with advocates of the Central Homeless Coalition to offer the Central Homeless Connect to the homeless community in Meridian, MS. During this event, homeless participants will be able to meet with over 15 agencies serving the homeless population, receive a meal and take a wellness bag full of daily necessity items. Vendors will ranged from health and wellness, housing, and support services.