Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

In an unprecedented move, the White House has released Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness! This document represents the first federal recognition that ending homelessness will not be accomplished on the local level alone. Instead, this plan is a call to action for coordinated services between the ‘mainstream’ resources for people in poverty, often mandated or funded at the federal level, and the grassroots efforts of communities throughout the country. The work of the newly-created Interagency Council on Homelessness, the report outlines very specific goals for the nation: end homelessness among the chronic homeless and veterans by 2015 and among children, youth and families by 2020. The Interagency Council on Homelessness is made up of leadership of the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Labor, Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Interior, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, Social Security Administration, Postal Services, and Transportation; the Corporation for National and Community Service; Office of Management and Budget; and the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. It is a welcome relief to know that so many are committed to join forces to prevent and end homelessness. Check out the work of the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless and our region’s Community Plan to End Homelessness to find out more about what is happening in Central Virginia. Find out more about statewide efforts by clicking on Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness.

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