Strategies for Reducing Chronic Street Homelessness

Research Report

Strategies for Reducing Chronic Street Homelessness

Abstract

This project identifies and describes seven community-wide approaches to ending chronic street homelessness that are working in cities around the country. Elements that appear to maximize progress include a paradigm shift in the goals and approaches of the homeless assistance network; setting a clear goal of reducing chronic street homelessness; committing to a community-wide level of organization; having leadership and an effective organizational structure; having significant resources from mainstream public agencies that go well beyond homeless-specific funding sources; commitment and support from mayors, city and county councils, and other local elected officials; and having a mechanism to track progress, provide feedback, and support improvements. This report describes these common elements and their role in approaches to reducing chronic street homelessness. Communities just beginning to develop their own plans for reducing chronic homelessness should be able to find illustrative practices and programs that they can learn from and adapt to their own situations.

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