There  was  universal  consensus  that  the  biggest  challenge  faced  by  all  regions  during  the  pandemic  has  been  the  lack  of  affordable  housing.    Professionals stressed that they were often unable to utilize new resources provided by federal funding during the pandemic, including new funds for rapid rehousing or rental assistance programs, when there continues to be limited available housing across the state.  This point was clearly expressed by a North Country service provider who stated, “­finding affordable housing is like trying to ­find a unicorn.”