Homelessness remains a problem in La Crosse, despite varying attempts to solve it. Of course, the problem of homelessness is not unique to La Crosse. Cities across America are dealing with more and more people living on the streets. It is estimated that more than half a million Americans are currently unsheltered in the U.S., about the population of Milwaukee. It is a national problem. Yet cities like La Crosse are left to their own devices to try to solve it. City Hall has tried a number of solutions, including providing free hotel rooms or setting up a homeless encampment in a local park. None have seemed to work all that well. Where is the federal government in all this? The U.S. government has just one agency dedicated to solving the homeless problem. The United States Council on Homelessness is dedicated to solving homelessness, but has only a tiny budget. And whatever they are doing doesn’t seem to be working. The federal government should expand its role and come up with best practices cities like La Crosse could follow to keep people off the streets. Some ideas must work better than others. Sharing that with cities across the country could have an impact. The problem is a national problem, and our federal government should be doing more to try to solve it.