Ending Chronic Homelessness: Strategies for Action. An Alternate Listing

03/01/2003

The above approach organizes the goals and strategies under each of the original charges to the Work Group. Such an approach demonstrates the responsiveness of the Work Group to each charge, but is not the only way of presenting HHS' comprehensive approach. This alternative listing may also prove useful. Three restated goals describe the HHS plan to end chronic homelessness:

  1. Help eligible, chronically homeless persons receive health and social services;
  2. Empower our State and community partners to improve their response to the needs of homeless people; and
  3. Work to prevent new episodes of homelessness within the HHS clientele.

The strategies listed previously can be aligned with each of these restated goals to present a comprehensive approach. They are briefly paraphrased and aligned with one of the above goals:

Help eligible, chronically homeless individuals receive health and social services

  • Strengthen outreach and engagement activities
  • Improve the eligibility review process
  • Explore ways to maintain program eligibility
  • Improve the transition of clients from homeless-specific programs to mainstream service providers

Empower our State and community partners to improve their response to people experiencing chronic homelessness.

  • Use State Policy Academies to help States develop specific action plans to respond to chronic homelessness
  • Permit flexibility in paying for services that respond to the needs of persons with multiple problems
  • Reward coordination across HHS assistance programs to address the multiple problems of chronically homeless people
  • Provide incentives for States and localities to coordinate services and housing
  • Develop, disseminate and use toolkits and blueprints to strengthen outreach, enrollment, and service delivery
  • Provide training and technical assistance on chronic homelessness to mainstream service providers
  • Establish a formal program of training on chronic homelessness
  • Address chronic homelessness in the formulation of future HHS budgets or in priorities for using a portion of expanded resources
  • Develop an approach for baseline data, performance measurement, and the measurement of reduced chronic homelessness within HHS
  • Establish an ongoing oversight body within HHS to direct and monitor the plan

Work to prevent new episodes of homelessness within the HHS clientele

  • Identify risk and protective factors to prevent future episodes of chronic homelessness
  • Promote the use of effective, evidence-based homelessness prevention interventions

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