Strategic Action Plan on Homelessness. Prevent episodes of homelessness within the HHS clientele, including individuals and families

03/01/2007

Strategy 1.1    Identify risk and protective factors to prevent episodes of homelessness for at-risk populations

Examples of Activities:

  • Identify and promote the use of effective, evidence-based homelessness prevention interventions, such as discharge,release, or transition planning; intensive case management; access to protection orders, legal assistance and safety planning for victims of abuse; landlord mediation, and family strengthening, along with organizational and cross-organizational level strategies.
  • Promote organizational development and horizontal coordination between agencies such as housing, HIV/AIDS services/prevention, mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention, and criminal justice to provide integrated comprehensive services to prevent homelessness.
  • Examine how HHS agencies can synthesize, sponsor, or conduct epidemiological, intervention, and health services research on risk and protective factors for homelessness and identify preventive interventions that could be provided in health care and human services settings that are effective at preventing at-risk persons from entering a pattern of residential and personal instability that may result in homelessness.
  • Encourage states and communities to experiment with various approaches to creating a coordinated, comprehensive approach to addressing homelessness prevention (e.g. establish an infrastructure that supports prevention activities, allows flexibility in the use of funds, and fosters the development of systematic relationships between providers and across systems of care).

Strategy 1.2    Identify risk and protective factors to prevent chronic homelessness among persons who are already homeless

Examples of Activities:

  • Review and synthesize the published and non-published literature to identify risk factors associated with chronic homelessness and protective factors that reduce the risk for chronic homelessness.

  • Examine how HHS can sponsor or conduct epidemiological, intervention, and health services research on risk and protective factors for chronic homelessness and to identify preventive interventions that could be provided in health care and human services settings that are effective at preventing currently homeless individuals from becoming chronically homeless.

  • Develop targeted interventions preventing chronic homelessness specifically for use in HHS programs that are serving currently homeless persons, such as PATH, Treatment for Homeless grantees, and Health Care for the Homeless programs. 

Strategy 1.3    Develop, test, disseminate, and promote the use of evidence-based homelessness prevention and early intervention programs and strategies

Examples of Activities:

  • Sponsor, synthesize, or conduct research and evaluation on interventions that focus on primary, secondary, and tertiary homeless prevention strategies and health treatment regimens, as well as the organization, effectiveness, and cost of such preventive interventions.
  • Identify and develop workforce development strategies and program incentives that foster the adoption and implementation of evidence-based homelessness prevention programs and practices.
  • Promote the availability of technical assistance and training documents on services and policy issues related to homelessness prevention via internet access, distribution at relevant meetings, and other settings offering instruction on the issue of homelessness, such as SAMHSAs National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and other listings of effective program models.

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