New Approach

Key components of plans to end homelessness

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) has done much over recent years to research homelessness issues and inform policy and service organisations of the need to plan to end homelessness in the USA. The NAEH recommends that the following components be included in any strategy to address homelessness.   

  • Plan (envision and plan to end chronic homelessness)
  • Data (measure outcomes; be accountable for your services and actions)
  • Emergency prevention (close the front door)
  • Systems prevention (close the front door)
  • Outreach (open the back door)
  • Shorten homelessness (open the back door)
  • Rapid re-housing (open the back door)
  • Services (sustain)
  • Permanent housing (sustain)
  • Income (sustain)

Philip Mangano, Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, identifies 10 elements that make 10 year plans truly ‘great’ [1] :

Disciplined People

  1. Political/Community Will

  2. Partnerships

  3. Consumer-Centric Solutions

Disciplined Thought

  1. Business Plan

  2. Budget Implications

  3. Prevention AND Intervention

  4. Innovative Ideas

Disciplined Action

  1. Implementation Team

  2. Broad-Based Resources

  3. Living Documents

Footnotes: 

1. Ideas from Jim Collins’ book ‘Good to Great’.