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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