To end homelessness, a coordinated, community-wide approach is needed to provide services, housing and programs. The solution for the homeless is simple: housing. We know what it takes to end homelessness. Housing provides a foundation from which an individual or family can access the services and supports they need to achieve stability, begin the recovery process, and pursue their personal goals.
One of the most effective ways to help people overcome homelessness and move to permanent housing is to increase access to meaningful and sustainable job training and employment. An effective response to the crisis involves coordinating and redirecting programs and services to adopt the “Housing First” approach, and emphasizes rapidly connecting individuals and families to permanent housing, while mitigating the traumatic effects of homelessness. Recognizing that solutions to homelessness affect federal, state and local jurisdictions, we need to create a robust, inter-agency and cross-sectoral approach to preventing and ending homelessness.