Vision for the Future
This is an excerpt of All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Read the full plan at usich.gov/all-in.
This plan is built upon our vision of a nation in which no one experiences the tragedy and indignity of homelessness, and everyone has a safe, stable, accessible, and affordable home.
We envision a future where every state and community have the systems and the resources to prevent homelessness whenever possible, or if it cannot be prevented, to quickly connect people experiencing homelessness to permanent housing with the services and supports they need to help them achieve and maintain housing stability.
Achieving this vision for the future will require the transformation of systems and institutions that displace and exclude people from housing.
This plan sets the United States on a path to end homelessness and establishes an ambitious national goal to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness by 25% by January 2025.* Such a reduction will serve as a down payment on the longer-term work of ending homelessness once and for all.
Achieving this ambitious national goal is the responsibility of all public systems in partnership with the private sector and philanthropy—not the homelessness response system alone. It will require a whole-of-government, cross-system approach to implement. We encourage state and local governments—in collaboration with people who have experienced homelessness and with local organizations working to end homelessness—to establish their own, more ambitious goals for 2025.
In the months ahead, USICH will provide guidance on setting local goals and measuring local progress. It will also provide additional metrics, equity outcomes, and other federal data targets that can be monitored to measure progress toward the national reduction goal. In the meantime, the Framework for Implementation can serve as a reference.
As the strategies outlined in this plan are implemented, USICH will work with a broad range of stakeholders to adopt a “targeted universalism” framework that promotes a universal reduction goal with targeted and tailored solutions based on the structures, cultures, and geographies of certain groups to help them overcome unique barriers. USICH recognizes that tailored solutions are needed for specific populations and geographic areas and that individuals and families experiencing multiple barriers often require special consideration and resources. USICH also recognizes that the federal government will need to rely on those most impacted by the policies and strategies promoted in this plan to design the tailored actions and guidance.
*This goal reflects a projected 25% reduction in total overall homelessness in the 2025 Point-in-Time count compared to the 2022 Point-in-Time count. In January 2022, the total number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night was 582,462. A 25% reduction would mean fewer than 437,000 people will be counted on a single night in January 2025.