Opening Doors

The first comprehensive federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness was presented to Congress on June 22, 2010. We updated and amended the plan in 2012 and again in 2015 to reflect what we have learned. We plan to release another revision of the plan this summer.

What Does Ending Homelessness Mean?

An end to homelessness means that every community will have a comprehensive response in place that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible, or if it can’t be prevented, it is a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience.

Specifically, every community will have the capacity to:

  • Quickly identify and engage people at risk of and experiencing homelessness.

  • Intervene to prevent people from losing their housing and divert people from entering the homelessness services system.

  • Provide people with immediate access to shelter and crisis services without barriers to entry if homelessness does occur, and quickly connect them to housing assistance and services tailored to their unique needs and strengths to help them achieve and maintain stable housing.

Criteria and Benchmarks

USICH and our member agencies have developed specific criteria and benchmarks in order to help guide communities as they take action to end homelessness for Veterans, families, youth, and people with disabilities. Criteria represent the essential elements of a community’s response, while benchmarks serve as measurements that a community can use to evaluate its overall effectiveness.

Learn how the Federal Strategic Plan was created

Read the 2014 Annual Update for an overview of our progress.

Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness