Ending Homelessness: Fact or Fiction Presentation by Joe Colletti, PhD Institute for Urban Initiatives. Four Questions. Is ending homelessness fiction? Is ending homelessness fact? Why are we divided? Where do we go from here?. The Call to End Homelessness.
Is ending homelessness fiction?
Is ending homelessness fact?
Why are we divided?
Where do we go from here?
10-year plans to end chronic homelessness;
On May 20, 2009 the President signed the HEARTH Act into law which directs HUD to establish regulations for, and promote communitywide commitment to, ending homelessness;
Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness (2010)
Intake and Assessment;
Permanent Supportive Housing.
(“got off on the wrong foot”)
Emergency shelter was either the old “three hots and a cot” model;
or a new “housing-ready” model.
Plan to obtain housing was implemented at the end of a resident’s length of stay instead of the beginning;
If the agreed upon length of stay was 60 days in a shelter, too often it was not until the last week that serious attempts were made to find housing;
Treating the symptoms of homelessness instead of its root cause was the primary emphasis for the first seven weeks.
I believe that the allocation of resources is one primary action that divides those who think ending homelessness is fiction and those who think ending homelessness is fact
I believe that if you want to continue to see public and private grant funds, other charitable giving, in-kind donations or services used to support the initial continuum of care system, then you are likely to believe that ending homelessness is fiction.
I believe if you want to see a reallocation of resources of public and private grant funds, other charitable giving, in-kind donations or services used to support evidence-based and best practices, then you are likely to believe that ending homelessness is fact
Instead of continuing to spend millions and millions of dollars to sustain people’s lives on the streets, or live in shelters and transitional housing programs, we would spend the money on helping people obtain and maintain permanent housing.
We need to convince you that enough housing can be found?
We need to convince you that most homeless people will not lose their housing once they are housed
We need to convince you that we can get chronically homeless people off the streets