Why We Need More Supportive Housing

Ending Chronic Homelessness by 2017

Why We Need More Supportive HousingThe US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has put together a compelling and thorough fact sheet on ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2017.

The fact sheet discusses the President’s Budget request of $265 million in rental assistance for 25,500 new supportive housing units.

In 2014, it was estimated that 1,150 people experienced chronic homelessness in New Jersey.

The Administration remains committed to this goal and has reset the timeframe for achieving it from 2015 to 2017. To achieve this goal in this timeframe, Federal agencies are working with national partners and communities to:

  • Create more supportive housing by redirecting existing housing resources
  • Leverage Medicaid and behavioral health systems to provide supportive services
  • Improve the targeting of supportive housing units to people experiencing chronic homelessness
  • Implement best practices like Housing First and assertive outreach and engagement.

However, even the most aggressive use of existing resources still leaves a gap of 25,500 supportive housing units. The requested increase of $265 million in HUD’s budget will fill this gap and enable communities to achieve an end to chronic homelessness nationally.

Advocates can share this fact sheet with members of Congress, policymakers in your state, and local leaders.

Click here for the fact sheet.