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Homelessness Is at Record Highs: Let's Show Some Real Compassion

America needs a bold new housing policy as growing numbers of Americans sleep in shelters, surf friends' couches and camp in their cars.

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Of course, cleaning up the wreckage of three decades of failed federal housing policy will take more than one stimulus; these measures are just the beginning of what's needed. But if change is the order of the day, dismantling the Reagan-Bush legacy of modern homelessness would be a promising way to start.

Patrick Markee is the senior policy analyst at Coalition for the Homeless. Lizzy Ratner is a freelance reporter living in New York City.

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