Obama Administration Amends Federal Homeless Plan

New Definition for How to End Homelessness

USICH Updates Opening DoorsOn June 22, 2015, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released an amended version of the Obama Administration’s plan to prevent and end homelessness.

Originally released in 2010, the report, “Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness,” defines best practices and sets national goals to prevent and end homelessness.

Click here for the revision.

“Over the last few years, we’ve learned a great deal about how to transform the way we respond to homelessness, moving from a set of uncoordinated programs towards systems that help families and individuals rapidly reconnect to permanent housing. This updated version of Opening Doors captures those lessons and outlines the critical steps communities can take to retool homeless services into effective crisis response systems.”

Said NAEH President and CEO Nan Roman.

Among the new additions to the report:

  • A new operational definition for an end to homelessness;
  • Clarification on the role of Medicaid in financing services for permanent supportive housing;
  • An update to the deadline for ending chronic homelessness that moves it from 2015 to 2017;
  • Expanded guidance and new strategies for retooling homelessness programs into more effective crisis response systems; and
  • Increased emphasis on the use of data in decision-making and performance management.

Click here for a summary of changes.