In 2000, hundreds of local communities joined the National Alliance to End Homelessness in a pledge to end homelessness in their jurisdictions in 10 years. Today, many have made notable progress, but more often than not, that progress has been undermined by tough times and budget-cuts.

"The mechanisms to address homelessness are sound, but what do you do when the economy crashes and you can't put any more resources into the service continuum?" says Jodi Royal-Goodwin, housing and neighborhood development administrator of Reno, Nev.

New York; Seattle; Reno and Sparks, Nev.; and King County, Wash., are a few of the communities that are trying a variety of programs to reduce the number of homeless.

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