We know what it takes to end homelessness. The solutions outlined in Opening Doors are highlighted below.

Housing

Housing provides a foundation from which a person or family can access the services and supports they need to achieve stability, begin the recovery process, and pursue personal goals.

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Health Care

To treat and manage chronic health and behavioral health conditions that often affect their ability to stay housed, people experiencing homelessness must be able to take full advantage of the health care now available through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion.

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Jobs

One of the most effective ways to support individuals as they move out of homelessness and into permanent housing is increasing access to meaningful and sustainable job training and employment.

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Education

For children and youth experiencing homelessness, schools can be a lifeline. They provide safety, stability, and a connection to community that can help mitigate the impact of homelessness.

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Crisis Response

The homeless crisis response system involves the coordination and reorientation of programs and services to a Housing First approach, and emphasizes rapid connection to permanent housing, while mitigating the negative and traumatic effects of homelessness.

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Criminal Justice Reform

For too many people, the experience of homelessness involves police encounters, lockups, courts, or jail and prison cells as much as it does shelter beds.

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