MCAH is All In on Ending Homelessness. Are You?
Today the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, which sets out a goal of reducing homelessness 25% by 2025, among others. The plan builds on more than a decade of successful research, best practices and results in driving down the number of individuals and families that experience homelessness every year.
USICH developed the plan in partnership with 18 Federal agency partners and following an extensive public feedback process which yielded the following priorities:
- Urgently address the basic needs of people in crisis;
- Expand the supply of and access to affordable housing and high-quality support;
- Build better systems to prevent people from losing their home in the first place;
- Collaborate across sectors, systems, and jurisdictions;
- Rely on data and evidence that show what works; and
- Include people who have experienced homelessness in the policymaking process to dismantle systems that create disparities
Most importantly, the All In plan emphasizes a commitment to Housing First strategies that result in the promotion of housing and services to assist people in need, rather than criminalization of homelessness or other punitive measures that cause additional barriers for unhoused people.
As a partner in the Michigan effort to End Homelessness, MCAH applauds the Biden administration, USICH and Federal partners on the development of this strategic plan. We are All In, are you?