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Annual Report 2010
Report | August 24, 2011
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
2010 was a momentous year. The troubled economy and high unemployment battered poor and vulnerable people and threatened to send homelessness skyrocketing. The National Alliance to End Homelessness played an important role in fighting back, and the nation held the line to prevent a massive increase in homelessness.
Although it was a difficult year, there were real victories in 2010 as well. The Alliance promoted prevention and rapid re-housing as important new strategies, and the stimulus-funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) began funding these activities. The Alliance Ten Year Plan framework set the goals of ending chronic, veteran, family, and youth homelessness, and this year the federal government’s own plan, Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, described how it will be a partner to communities in achieving those goals.
The Alliance continued to push for outcomes, and build a strong data-driven case for federal involvement in homelessness, and a newly updated federal homeless program will emphasize this outcome-oriented approach.
To address the challenges of 2010 and take advantage of the opportunities, we at the Alliance tailored our activities to respond to the times. Our Homelessness Research Institute focused on examining links between economic factors and homelessness, and spread the word about best practices in prevention and re-housing. The Center for Capacity Building turned its attention to helping communities prepare for the updated, more outcome-oriented federal homelessness program. It also worked with local communities to shorten the average time people spend homeless, improve the use of data, and target resources more efficiently. The Program and Policy team ramped up the national focus on homeless youth and veterans – both solvable problems. It also worked on impending changes in the health care system and how they can be harnessed to help end homelessness.
2010 was challenging, but work we have done to improve homelessness systems and strategies has helped prevent a huge increase in the number of homeless people. While our goal remains to end homelessness, in this environment and for this year, holding our ground can be counted as a victory.
As its name implies, the Alliance is not only a Board and staff in Washington, DC, but a much bigger movement of people from across the nation who are dedicated to finding ways to prevent and end homelessness. We look forward to continuing to work together with you, our gifted and innovative partners, to ensure that as the economy recovers we get back on track to solve this problem – so that every American has a place to call home.
Nan Roman, President and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness