Community Solutions Houses 100,000 Homeless Individuals

Sets New Goals Around Homeless Veterans

Community Solutions Houses 100,000 Homeless IndividualsOn June 11, 2014, Community Solutions announced that it had reached and exceeded its goal of housing 100,000 homeless individuals.

Campaign director Becky Kanis reported that the actual total was 101,628 formerly homeless individuals across the country.

President Obama has told local governments to end homelessness by 2020. Community Solutions has reinforced that by providing permanent supportive housing through Housing First model works.

“’This County has done many things over the years to help address the needs of our homeless population,’ said Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice said in a news release. ‘The 100,000 Homes Campaign targets a special segment of this population — a population that has been difficult to reach. Through this program, and the steps that are being put in place, we now have a better chance of letting them tell us their needs and then directly working to find housing for these most vulnerable people.’”

Quoting coverage of the announcement from The Washington Post.

The campaign announced that the 100,000th person housed was Army veteran Alvin Hill. That made him one of 31,171 veterans and 101,628 total people housed by the campaign at the time of the announcement.

100,000 Homes is a nonprofit that targets its efforts at helping the most vulnerable populations first, people who are experiencing chronic homelessness or suffering from severe medical conditions.

Other measures of the Campaign’s success as noted by American Progress include:

  • 85% – the percentage of people housed by the campaign who were still off the streets within a year.
  • 57 communities – the number of communities on schedule to end homelessness in the next three years.
  • $1.3 billion – the amount of money that housing 100,000 people will save taxpayers.

The 100,000 Homes Campaign is moving forward with new goals:

  • In the “25 Cities Initiative,” the campaign will work to decrease the number of homeless veterans in the 25 cities with the highest number of them.
  • In “Zero:16”, the campaign will work with 50 communities to bring chronic and veteran homelessness to zero by 2016.

Click here for The Washington Post article.

Click here for ThinkProgress’ coverage.

Click here for more from the National Alliance to End Homelessness.