Ending Chronic Homelessness: Strategies for Action. Addressing the Charge

03/01/2003

The overall charge to the Work Group was to develop and recommend a comprehensive approach for how the Department could contribute to the Administration's goal of ending chronic homelessness in a decade. The approach had to be responsive to three(1) components of the original charge. Each of these components has been restated as a separate charge addressed by the plan.

  1. To improve access for persons experiencing chronic homelessness — 'determine what actions can be taken to expand access to treatments and supports for chronically homeless persons.'
  2. To improve service coordination — 'identify partnerships at the federal, national, state, and local levels to improve coordinated service delivery.'
  3. To prevent additional chronic homelessness — 'identify and address the risks of homelessness faced by current service participants' and 'provide treatments and supports that contribute to housing stability.'

The Administration's goal to end to chronic homelessness in a decade has been incorporated into the charge by offering both short term recommendations, reflecting actions for the next two years, as and recommendations that would allow the Department to evolve and adapt throughout the decade.

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