Much of our community’s work here in Nashville, especially through the How’s Nashville campaign is aligned with the federal goals outlined in Opening Doors.
Opening Doors is a plan that outlines a comprehensive federal strategy to prevent and end homelessness. We encourage you to read up on the specific goals outlined in the plan, which include:
- Preventing and ending homelessness among Veterans in 2015;
- Finishing the job of ending chronic homelessness in 2017;
- Preventing and ending homelessness for families with children and for youth in 2020; and
- Setting a path to ending all types of homelessness.
As part of the discussion, it is important that we all understand and agree on what ending homelessness means. To that end, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness explains what ending homelessness means the following way:
“An end to homelessness means that every community will have a systematic response in place that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible, or if it can’t be prevented, it is a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience.
Specifically, every community will have the capacity to:
- Quickly identify and engage people at risk of and experiencing homelessness.
- Intervene to prevent the loss of housing and divert people from entering the homelessness services system.
- When homelessness does occur, provide immediate access to shelter and crisis services, without barriers to entry, while permanent stable housing and appropriate supports are being secured, and quickly connect people to housing assistance and services—tailored to their unique needs and strengths—to help them achieve and maintain stable housing.”