For the past five years, the federal government has been implementing a courageous and visionary initiative to end homelessness for this country’s veterans, chronically homeless individuals, and families. This plan has changed the paradigm as to how communities approach their homeless populations.
Everyone involved in addressing homelessness has been influenced by this plan – public officials, non-governmental organization leaders, foundation heads, and government leaders. The fact that this country has redefined the work of homelessness by calling an end to it, rather than managing the status quo, is admirable.
The work of ending homelessness has been extraordinary.
For instance, our communities have been scrambling to get federal housing vouchers that will help people pay rent for apartment units. We have been reallocating homeless dollars from traditional emergency and transitional programs to permanent housing programs. We are working toward coordinating how we assess people who are homeless and how we link them to permanent housing.
It is all great work. Thousands of people have been housed. Read More »