Setting a Path to End All Homelessness
To prevent and end homelessness for everyone, communities must have a comprehensive response in place to make sure all people experiencing a housing crisis get the help they need. That response must include both specialized homelessness services and mainstream resources — housing, employment, education, health care, and benefits — that can help people achieve housing stability and go on to realize their personal goals.
The Council is helping communities reach this goal by prioritizing:
- The development of coordinated entry systems to link families and individuals to the most appropriate assistance they need to prevent and end homelessness.
- Collaboration to leverage and integrate mainstream resources in the areas of housing, employment, education, health care, and benefits.
- Increasing the amount of rental housing that is affordable to people with the lowest incomes, including the families with children and people with disabilities with incomes far below the federal poverty level.
For these efforts to have the greatest impact, we are also focused on implementing strategies that address larger structural challenges:
- The criminalization of homelessness and the racially disparate impact of policies and practices within our criminal justice systems.
- Barriers to accessing housing and culturally relevant services among American Indians and Alaska Natives living both on and off tribal lands.