'Opening Doors' Near You: Recommendations for Community Strategic Plans to End Homelessness

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Young people carrying boxes into their new home.

Community-based organizations are vital to the federal government's strategic plan to end homelessness in the United States. The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness has recommendations for how communities can come together to create their own strategic plans as part of the Opening Doors initiative. Among the guidance:

  • Align the plan with the federal timelines for ending chronic homelessness and homelessness among veterans by 2015 and homelessness among families, children and youth by 2020.

  • Emphasize all homeless subpopulations—people experiencing chronic homelessness, veterans, families with children and unaccompanied youth.

  • Inform the plan by reviewing local point in time counts, federal homelessness program databases and other sources of demographic data.

  • Include measurable goals, performance indicators and targets.

  • Include a public relations and communication strategy.

Read "Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness"

Read NCFY's article about Opening Doors

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