I recently went to a training put on by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (or something like that). This incredibly excited and chipper woman was telling us all about how the Dept. of Housing is going to mostly stop funding shelters. We would have to get our clients into housing within 30 days, without any subsidy to help them out. That we were going to just have to accept that our clients (and probably us in time) will have to pay 70-90% of their income in rent, be doubled and tripped up with other families (12 people in a two bedroom was the example), and that our job as social workers would be to help them find resources like all the local food pantries and foster relationships with slumlord errr... landlords who would rent to them.
In all my years as a social worker I've never been so depressed or discouraged, and this thread just makes me think about it.