The economy is growing and unemployment is low, but those factors haven't helped resolve a deepening crisis in some of America's most desirable destinations: homelessness. Across the country, a very visible homeless population can be seen panhandling outside major hotels and convention centers, where untold millions of dollars in tourism and convention business are at stake for local economies.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Authority, some 553,742 people experienced homelessness for at least one night in 2017, the most recent figures available, up by 0.7 percent over the year before and the first such increase tallied since 2010. West Coast cites like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle are among top-tier meetings destinations that have seen a dramatic surge in the number of people living openly on the streets.
How to address and resolve the crisis is a political lightning rod for some localities. Head to our new site, NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com, to read on.