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This chart shows why $270 billion in housing aid hasn’t solved homelessness

Will Fischer, a housing expert at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, notes that in 2012 we spent about $270 billion in federal money subsidizing housing. Most of that didn't go to the poor.

For policy ideas that have the potential of actually ending family homelessness, this report from the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the National Alliance to End Homelessness on "rapid re-housing" programs is a great place to start.