Monthly Archives: January 2017

Ending Family Homelessness

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) this month released new criteria and benchmarks for communities to measure whether they effectively ended family homelessness.

Ending family homelessness is one of the goals outlined in the federal strategic plan to end homelessness, called Opening Doors.

The goals of the plan are:

  • End Veteran and chronic homelessness by 2017;
  • End family and youth homelessness by 2020;
  • Then set a path to end all types of homelessness.

To do so, we must build a housing crisis resolution system with a strong focus on prevention, and where people without housing are identified, we have swift responses in place to help them access housing with the appropriate level of support.

The USICH recognizes that most communities will continue to identify families experiencing a housing crisis, and writes in one of their documents that describes how to build a system to end family homelessness, “Recognizing this reality, USICH and federal partners adopted a vision of an end to family homelessness to mean that no family will be without shelter and homelessness will be a rare and brief occurrence.”

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Tennessee State Plan to End Homelessness

Tennessee has just published a state plan to end homelessness.

The goals of the plan are:

  • To end Veteran and chronic homelessness by the end of 2017;
  • To end homelessness for families with children and youth by the end of 2020; and
  • To end all other homelessness by the end of 2025.

The plan was released by the Tennessee Interagency Council on Homelessness, which includes stakeholders representing lead organizations from the local and state levels. The backbone organization of the Tennessee Interagency Council on Homelessness is the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Priority steps of this action plan focus on:

  • Increasing housing availability for individuals, Veterans, and families;
  • Increasing job opportunities and available job training programs;
  • Identifying government funding sources at the local, state, and federal levels;
  • Creating a single screening process all agencies can use to determine eligibility; and
  • Creating and operating a statewide database to better understand homelessness.

Click the following link for the executive summary.