What does it mean to end chronic homelessness?

Opening Doors, the federal strategic plan to end homelessness in America, outlines the following goals:

But what does it mean to end homelessness?

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is outlining specific criteria and benchmarks on how to achieve these different goals and what they mean.

Most recently, the USICH released information what ending chronic homelessness means.

Here are the main criteria for achieving an end to chronic homelessness at the local level:

  1. The community has identified and provided outreach to all individuals experiencing or at risk for chronic homelessness, and prevents chronic homelessness whenever possible.
  2. The community provides access to shelter or other temporary accommodations immediately to any person experiencing unsheltered chronic homelessness who wants it.
  3. The community has implemented a community-wide Housing First orientation and response that also considers the preferences of the individuals being served.
  4. The community assists individuals experiencing chronic homelessness to move swiftly into permanent housing with the appropriate level of supportive services and effectively prioritizes people for permanent supportive housing.
  5. The community has resources, plans, and system capacity in place to prevent chronic homelessness from occurring and to ensure that individuals who experienced chronic homelessness do not fall into homelessness again or, if they do, are quickly reconnected to permanent housing.

 

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