An Alternate Listing
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:
- Help eligible, chronically homeless persons receive health and social services;
- Empower our State and community partners to improve their response to the needs of homeless people; and
- 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
These recommendations form a basis for the programs of HHS to explore ways in which their actions can contribute to the Administration's goal of ending chronic homelessness. They are neither prescriptive nor exhaustive of the possibilities for programs. However, in recognizing that categorical program approaches have limits in responding to the needs of a multi-problem clientele, the Work Group explicitly avoided recommendations that create additional programs or funding streams. Success is not measured exclusively by the existence of a program, but from the accumulation of operations supported by:
- a program mission;
- a management structure to carry out the mission;
- policies that guide operations;
- funding and incentives for the activities of the program;
- technical assistance to ensure credible and accountable activities; and
- outcomes that demonstrate the success of the above.
The Work Group believes the Administration's goal of ending chronic homelessness combined with the recommendations offered above accumulate to provide these six supports. Their interaction will guarantee the Department's success.
1. It is assumed throughout this document that no strategies will be implemented without seeking and attaining all relevant legislative and/or regulatory changes needed to ensure that all programs within HHS continue to operate within their given authority and mission. It is also assumed that, to the extent the strategies seek to impose any requirements on applicants as conditions of given awards, before doing so, programs will confirm that their authorizing authority and program/administrative regulations permit such imposition of conditions. It is further assumed that no proposals will be implemented without resolving any inherent budget implications.