Fourteen years ago, when the goal to actually end homelessness was proposed by a national homeless group, the idea of zero homelessness seemed lofty. Back in 2000, there were 700,000 people who were homeless in America.
That lofty goal, however, prompted a powerful movement to redesign how this country approached housing its homeless neighbors.
Two years later, in 2002, the federal government decided they would challenge every city and jurisdiction in the country to create a ten-year plan to end chronic homelessness.
Note the insertion of “chronic” into their goal. Chronic homelessness is a smaller subset of the general homeless population, which includes people who have been homeless for a long time—or who have been homeless repeatedly—and are living with a disability.
Did federal leaders, even back then, realize that housing the entire homeless population might be too lofty? Read More »