To End Homelessness, Stop Buying Holiday Decor? Americans will spend more than the $20B that HUD needs By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Dec 11, 2012 9:16 AM CST 54 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – If Americans passed on buying Christmas trees, illuminated reindeer, and poinsettias, and instead donated the money they would have spent to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, we could theoretically end homelessness. Or so says ThinkProgress. HUD's latest annual report shows that progress isn't being made quickly enough to end homelessness by the stated goal of 2020. What is needed? An increase in HUD's budget from $1.9 billion to $20 billion, says a HUD official. ThinkProgress puts that figure in context with an infographic that shows we'll spend more than that this year on seasonal decor alone.