One year after the release of "Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness," the National Alliance to End Homelessness has released a report analyzing the success of the member federal agencies of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness in meeting Opening Door’s ambitious goals. The plan set the goals of ending chronic and veteran homelessness in five years; homelessness among families, children, and youth in ten years; and moving the country toward ending all homelessness.
The initial data suggest that instead of going down, homelessness in the country may have increased slightly during the first year of the Plan. While the Administration has clearly been active in implementing its Plan, results have not yet started to emerge. External factors such as the economy and the budget deficit, along with an emphasis on coordination and information strategies rather than more substantive housing, treatment, and jobs strategies, have hindered progress.
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Richard W. Brown
Chief Executive Officer
Monarch Housing Associates
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Cranford, NJ 07016-2156
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