Collaboratively with communities across America, USICH and our federal partners developed a national vision for what it means to end homelessness, ensuring it is rare, brief, and non-recurring. The Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Family homelessness ensure all communities are working towards that goal.
Criteria and benchmarks work together to provide a complete picture of a community’s response to homelessness. 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.
In developing the criteria and benchmarks, USICH and federal partners sought input and guidance from key stakeholders, including local service providers, Continuums of Care, national partner organizations, advocates, and people with lived experiences of homelessness. These criteria and benchmarks represent our best thinking at this time and will be further refined over time.