The National Alliance to End Homelessness announced A Plan, Not A Dream: How to End Homelessness in Ten Years in 2000. This ten-year plan pinpoints data usage for outcome planning, prevention programs, and rapidly re-housing individuals and families.
Additionally, the plan calls for new infrastructure built by increasing incomes, expanding affordable housing, and helping individuals and families access needed services. This paradigm shift from maintanance to prevention necessitates involvement at the community level.
"These plans are a critical component of efforts to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness nationwide" (endhomelessness.org). Currently, the state of Iowa is not represented in the National Alliance's US map as having communities with an identified plan.
If your community has a completed plan that is not listed, please email a .PDF of the plan to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Des Moines Homelessness Examiner will join National Alliance to End Homelessness activists for "Adopting a Housing First Approach: Using HPRP and TANF to Re-House Families in Salt Lake City" on Thursday, February 18, 2010 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST.
During this webinar, Michelle Flynn will discuss how the Road Home in Salt Lake City provided Rapid Re-Housing assistance to 120 families in the first three months of implementing the HPRP and TANF funded initiative. Ms. Flynn will provide an overview of their program model, describe lessons learned and planned implementations to refine the current program based on progress thus far.
On any given night, 248,500 persons in families are homeless (HUD's 3rd Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress).
Nan Roman on National Public Radio - "Some Stimulus Money Preventing Homelessness"