Homelessness - Strategy for Survival

For Outcomes—Develop plans to end, rather than manage, homelessness

  • Collect better data on chronic homelessness
  • Follow a planning process that focuses on the outcome of ending homelessness and brings policy makers that can make this happen to the table
  • Improve systems for measuring and reporting client outcomes.

Close the Front Door—Prevent future homelessness 

  • Improve discharge practices so that persons exiting public institutions are not discharged to the streets
  • Provide incentives for “mainstream” programs (e.g. “welfare”, mental health, public health, criminal justice and child protective services €“ including foster care) to help chronically homeless persons with complex problems.
  • Invest in long-term prevention by helping low income and “at risk” families remain healthy and intact.

Open the Back Door—To help people exit homelessness

  • Use a “Housing First” approach to move people out of shelter and into housing as quickly as possible
  • Provide chronically homeless persons with Permanent Supportive Housing — affordable housing with services
  • Provide homeless persons with the services they need to exit homelessness

Build the Infrastructure—Address the systemic problems that lead to poverty and homelessness

  • Support efforts to create revenue sources for more affordable housing and services
  • Provide individuals with the opportunity to earn a living wage
  • Implement policy changes to remove barriers to housing, employment and services

More on Supportive Housing

Supportive housing is affordable housing linked to accessible mental health, substance addiction, employment, and other support services.  Supportive housing provides people who are homeless for the long term with a way out of expensive emergency public services and back into their own homes and communities.

Supportive Housing Works

Nationally, the data shows that 80% of the people who are given the chance to live in supportive housing stay at least one year — even those who are disabled by mental illness or addiction and have lived on the streets or in shelters for years.

Supportive Housing is Cost-Effective

Supportive housing is the soundest available investment of public and private resources to end long-term homelessness.

After living for a year in supportive housing, participants in the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s Health, Housing and Integrated Services initiative reported:

  • 57% decrease in emergency room visits.
  • 58% drop in the number of inpatient days.
  • 100% drop in usage of public residential mental-health program facilities.

By providing decent safe housing to our unfortunate chronic homeless, this will save our community costs in many ways including items mentioned above.

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