While yet another snowpocalypse hits DC, most of the Alliance staff has escaped to LA for our Annual Conference on Ending Family Homelessness. It starts unofficially today with an opportunity to give input into the federal government’s plan to end homelessness. (As we’ve mentioned before, it’s a pretty awesome opportunity.)
Representatives from the U.S. Intergency Council on Homelessness and HUD are soliciting recommendations, and as required in the HEARTH Act, the plan should be finalized by May of this year.
Here are some of the key points from our official recommendations. Do you have anything to add?
- Deploy 60,000 units of permanent supportive housing, targeted to veterans experiencing chronic homelessness (30,000 already in the pipeline);
- Provide prevention and rapid rehousing services to 250,000 veterans per year;
- Equip publicly funded programs that serve families who are vulnerable to homelessness (e.g. TANF and child welfare) so they have the capacity (and responsibility) to respond, and resolve, their clients’ housing crises;
- Increase the supply of affordable housing to families with very low incomes through expanding permanent, short- and medium-term rental assistance; and
- Expand federal investment in youth housing services and infrastructure to serve an additional 50,000 homeless and street-dependent youth annually;
- Offer Congress and the Administration clear data on the incidence of youth homelessness, research on the extent of long-term homelessness among homeless youth populations, and identification of interventions targeted to specific typologies of homeless youth; and
And this is a big one:
- Ensure the federal plan is outcome-focused and sets measurable goals.
This is what ending homelessness looks like.
A complete version of the Alliance’s recommendations are available here.