Ending Homelessness results are infectious

This is from the Interagency Council on Homelessness e-newsletter.

“Results are infectious.” said Good to Great author Jim Collins at the 2006 National Summit, and his words have proven to be true. In this plenary session, cities were invited to share reports of reductions in street and chronic homelessness being achieved through their 10-Year Plan strategies. The presentations started with recently reported results from three cities representing the geographic spread of the country from Quincy, MA to St. Louis, MO to Portland, OR.

Quincy, MA now in its third year of Plan implementation, a 55% decrease in chronic homelessness.

St. Louis, MO, one and a half years into Plan implementation, a 26% decrease in homelessness and 34% in chronic homelessness since the 2004 baseline report.

Portland, OR, two years into Plan implementation, a 39% decrease in street homelessness and a whopping and corroborated decrease of 70% in chronic homelessness.

Norfolk, two years into Plan implementation, a 19% overall decrease in homelessness and 26% decrease in family homelessness and importantly,”not a single child sleeping on the street.”

Denver, CO, nearly 18 months into Plan implementation, an 11% decrease after six months, 27% at the end of the first year and expect to have 18 month results soon.

San Francisco, between 2003-2005, a 41% decrease in street homelessness and currently tallying results from latest street count.

New York City, a 20% decrease in single adults in shelter and a 19% decrease in street homelessness last year.

Also reported for NYC were results from implementation of Common Ground’s 2003 Street to Home initiative which focused on a 250 block area in west midtown Manhattan where there’s been a 43% decline in street homelessness among people who’d averaged 9 years of homelessness and in a further targeting of a 20 block area around Time Square, where homelessness averaged 14 years, an 87% reduction. Of the 144 dually diagnosed, severely mentally ill and disabled persons housed, 93% have retained their housing.

Montgomery, Ala, two years into Plan implementation, a 14% decrease in chronic homelessness; 37% decrease in unsheltered persons; 33% decrease in emergency shelter use; 47% increase in transitional housing beds created and a 12% increase in permanent housing units created.

Nashua, NH, four years into Plan implementation, after a finding a couple years ago a 40% decrease in chronic homelessness, the community began quarterly counts and this year can report an additional 22% decrease in chronic homelessness.