Collaboration, Outreach, Engagement and Pathways to Housing
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released a report providing guidance to help communities develop local action plans that connect un-sheltered homeless people with permanent housing. The report focuses on people living in encampments.
“To end homelessness for everyone, we must link people experiencing un-sheltered homelessness, including people sleeping and living in encampments, with permanent housing opportunities matched with the right level of services to ensure that those housing opportunities are stable and successful.”
The report provides details pertaining to four elements communities should include in their action plans in order to provide lasting housing solutions for people living in encampments.
The elements are to:
Allow adequate time to implement an action plan,
Collaborate across sectors and systems,
Perform intensive and persistent outreach and engagement, and
Provide low-barrier pathways to permanent housing.
According to USICH,
“the information and ideas contained within [the guidance] have been developed by USICH based upon conversations and problem-solving discussions with advocates, housing and services providers, and government officials across the country regarding what they have learned, and are still learning, about the most effective approaches and strategies.”