USICH is in the process of creating a new Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

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How Mayors Can End Homelessness

From 2010 to 2016, homelessness was steadily decreasing. Since then, it’s steadily risen—and unsheltered homelessness is worse than it’s ever been.

As a mayor, you have the power to end homelessness in your community, and the American Rescue Plan offers you a once-in-a-generation opportunity to do it.

Every effort starts somewhere. Take these steps to strengthen yours to prevent and end homelessness:

Step 1: Get (and Stay) Informed

  1. Read our guides to making the most of American Rescue Plan funding, combating Omicron, and voting for people experiencing homelessness.
  2. Sign up for the USICH newsletter for updates on federal guidance and resources. 
  3. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Step 2: Get Engaged

  1. Reach out to your state’s USICH Regional Coordinator for help creating partnerships.
  2. Join the House America initiative to receive on-demand, individual assistance from the federal government—and get recognition for your work.
  3. Bookmark our calendar of national and federal events for state and local leaders.

Step 3: Take Action

  1. Analyze data and set ambitious timeframes toward measurable goals.
  2. Engage more public leaders, such as law enforcement, in discussions about roles and collaboration.
  3. Create partnerships with the workforce system and employers to increase job opportunities for people exiting homelessness.
  4. Align affordable housing resources and strategies with efforts to end homelessness.
  5. Forge alliances with nearby mayors to share successful practices and amplify the impact of your voices.

About USICH: USICH is the only federal agency with the sole mission of preventing and ending homelessness. The council consists of 19 federal agencies that help create and implement the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, which will be released later this year.

Our Impact: In the decade after we released our first federal strategic plan, homelessness dropped roughly 10%—50% among veterans, and 30% among families.

Our Values: USICH believes housing should be a right—not a privilege. Our work is guided by our commitment to the values of racial equity, Housing First, decriminalization, and inclusion.

Our Leadership: Chair Marcia Fudge, HUD Secretary and Vice Chair Denis McDonough, VA Secretary