While the plan may not have ended the tragedy of homelessness in our country, it did realign precious resources and set a new path toward the target of ending chronic homelessness. And what if we compiled all of the local efforts of the ten year planning efforts across the country and counted their successes in creating new permanent housing, instead of years it is taking us, for the formerly homeless?
And actually, the U.S. plan was realigned in 2012 as “Opening Doors” with the more specific goals of ending veterans homelessness in 5 years and family homelessness in 10 years.
Roberts writes that in order for the U.S. and local plans to be successful, and many plans across the country are still years away from their 10 year goal as they have only been created in the last few years, they must have the political will and funding to meet their goals.
Currently, almost every county in New Jersey has have plans in place are working towards ending homelessness in ten years. If you are involved in these local efforts, what has been your experience? Do you agree with the opinions of Joel John Roberts?