Fentanyl, Stronger Meth Driving Homeless Crisis

  • Stronger, more dangerous versions of methamphetamine and fentanyl are driving America’s homeless crisis, with users quickly slipping into debilitating addiction and mental illness that makes it impossible for them to function in society.
  • According to a 2022 analysis by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the country’s homeless population fell from a high of over 647,000 in 2007 to nearly 550,000 in 2016. Now the homeless population has seen a resurgence in the years since, rising again to over 580,000 by 2020, the most recent year the organization was able to compile complete data.
  • There are indications the problem has continued to deepen, with shelters across the U.S. reporting a tripling of their populations over the last year while reports of large homeless encampments springing up in major cities from coast-to-coast have dominated headlines.