“We can’t end homelessness unless we solve it locally,” writes Poppe. The report “Provides the nation with a clear picture of homelessness in the cities represented on this task force, and adds to the information we all need in order to see and solve the problem.”
Poppe credits the work of mayor and locally communities in the recent decrease in chronic homelessness across the United States and emphasized the importance in using “smart and proven strategies” at the local level including:
Using resources strategically,
Take a system-level Approach with mainstream resources as a key concept, and
Creating more permanent supportive housing and targeting it to those with the highest needs works and is cost-effective.
Trenton, New Jersey is one of the 25 cities surveyed and data about homelessness in that city over the last year includes:
12.6% increase in overall homelessness,
28.2% decrease in family homelessness,
33.7% increase in homeless individuals, and
the entrance of 43 individuals and 67 families entering permanent supportive housing.