“The strategy helps communities jump start projects by breaking off 100 day chunks” and the results have been very impressive including:
In the last 100 days in San Diego, 32 homeless veterans a month were moved into housing;
In San Antonio, it now takes 71 days to move a chronically homeless person into an apartment; and
In Detroit, it now takes 20 days to move a homeless veteran into housing.
“Rapid Results” targets the chronically homeless who often cost taxpayers up to $40,000 a year through their use of emergency services.
“It’s less expensive to solve the problem than to perpetuate it,” said Mark Johnston, the acting assistant secretary for community planning and development at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
And the strategy has had other lasting benefits.
“For many people, however, the most important change came in the forging of relationships. In Atlanta and San Diego, among other cities, decision makers in every relevant agency and outside group met every week, alternating face-to-face meetings with on-line meetings or conference calls.”
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