Ending Homelessness Today — Community Snapshot
How is Memphis Doing in the Fight to End Homelessness?
February 06, 2014
The Homelessness Research Institute (HRI) has restarted (and redesigned) its Community Snapshot series. The first community to be featured is Memphis-Shelby County, TN. The Community Snapshot series aims to identify communities that have success in reducing homelessness and highlight replicable strategies identified as contributing to that success. In Memphis, TN, stakeholders identified prioritizing ending chronic homelessness, increasing the supply of permanent supportive housing, and converting transitional housing.
Memphis completed their 10 year plan to end homelessness in 2010 and began implementation in 2011. Since 2011 the county has increased its supply of permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness by 44 percent, going from 562 units to 803 units. Additionally, it converted transitional housing stock to rapid re-housing. Transitional housing units decreased by 46 percent since 2010.
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