Mayors Can Solve Homelessness
As a mayor, you are on the front line of efforts to prevent and end homelessness. You possess the unique ability to lead your community toward effective and lasting solutions.
Your leadership is needed, now more than ever, to inspire greater collaboration among community partners, to ensure the use of evidence-informed practices, and to strategically leverage assets that will reduce homelessness in your community.
We recognize that mayors play a critical role in achieving the goals laid out in Opening Doors, the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. Today, more than 880 leaders have stepped up to lead the way by joining the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, and over three dozen communities, including three entire states have met the goal.
The strategies and lessons learned in driving progress on ending Veteran homelessness are influencing efforts to end homelessness among all people, and we are committed to helping you get there. We must redouble our commitment to ending homelessness, not just now, but forever.
To strengthen your efforts, you and your community partners can:
- Encourage your staff and partners to sign-up for our newsletter where we share and celebrate the innovations that are solving homelessness in communities.
- Review our latest fact sheets on the progress, essential strategies, and the work ahead for ending homelessness for all populations.
- Read the criteria and benchmarks for ending homelessness:
- Implement the 10 Strategies to End Veteran Homelessness and 10 Strategies to End Chronic Homelessness.
- Encourage alternatives to criminalization of homelessness.
- Create action plans to link people living in encampments to permanent housing solutions.
- Access critical information available from HUD on your City’s annual statistical data, grant awards, and key agency contacts from your local Continuum of Care.
- Access critical information from the Veterans Administration including Veteran-specific data, grant awards, and key contacts from your Veterans Service Network and related programs such as the Social Support for Veterans and Families (SSVF), HUD-VASH, and Veterans Justice Outreach.
- Encourage your partners to engage landlords to make rental units available to people with federal rental assistance who cannot find housing.
- Encourage partnerships between homelessness services and "mainstream" resources, like TANF and Medicaid, to support efforts to end homelessness.
- Assess the effectiveness of shelters in your community and their role in ending homelessness.
- Implement these best practices in outreach and engagement efforts.