No one should be homeless – everyone needs a safe, stable place to call home.
Prioritize vulnerable populations
Homelessness has significant detrimental effects on everyone, yet there are some whose health and safety are placed at even greater risk for harm without a safe and stable place to call home. These groups include, but are not limited to: children, women fleeing from domestic violence situations and people with disabilities. Strategies to identify and assist the most vulnerable groups will be prioritized.
Promote racial and ethnic justice
To eliminate the disproportionate rates of homelessness among many communities of color, we will adopt strategies to achieve equity in both access and outcomes in all areas of housing and services. These strategies will include culturally specific services, using a racial equity lens across all program investments and dedicated funds to eliminate disparities by race and ethnicity.
Use data‐driven assessment and accountability
To best utilize our resources, we must understand the outcomes of our investments, evaluate progress and demonstrate accountability. We will continue to improve and expand our community‐wide data system so funders and providers can efficiently collect data, share knowledge for better client outcomes and report outcomes against the goals of the plan.
Engage and involve the community
Policy makers and community stakeholders must understand the magnitude of the challenge, the costs if we don’t meet the challenge, our strategies for ending homelessness and the importance of obtaining and allocating resources equal to our aspirations.”A Home for Everyone” will ensure that the specific concerns and interests of our local, regional and national stakeholders are heard.
Strengthen system capacity and increase leveraging opportunities
The long‐standing solutions to prevent and end homelessness transcend multiples systems of care – foster care, domestic violence, community justice, health, mental health and addictions – and available resources. To permanently end homelessness, we must strengthen efficiencies in our current system and better align other resources towards ending homelessness.