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Annual Report 2012
Report | December 19, 2013
Letter from the President
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
2012 was a year of obstacles and successes.
The slow recovery of the U.S. economy perpetuated the conditions that cause homelessness, while a difficult political environment in Washington slowed investment in solutions. Together, they created a challenging environment for the work of ending homelessness.
Despite that, homelessness did not increase in 2012; in fact, it decreased in 22 states and declined slightly across the nation. Chronic, long-term homelessness, and veteran homelessness both went down substantially. The trend of increasing family homelessness was halted, and important first steps were taken on the path to ending youth homelessness. Why did this happen? The Alliance and its partners continued to identify and implement more effective and cost-efficient approaches to ending homelessness.
This was possible because the critical federal financial support for homeless programs stayed steady, and the Administration and some key members of Congress remained determined to solve the problem. In 2009, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act. This re-tooling of the largest federal homeless assistance program began to change things in a big way in 2012.
At the Alliance, our staff formed new partnerships with homeless advocates, local and federal officials, and other stakeholders to advocate for evidence-based, cost-effective solutions. We stayed hard at work producing the latest research and guidance for communities and homeless assistance providers across the country so that they could work more efficiently and more cost-effectively, and target their services more precisely.
The Alliance is committed to help communities implement promising innovations, and increase the adoption of proven interventions like permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing. We are dedicated to ensuring that solid public policy supports these solutions. Ending homelessness is an audacious goal, and to many it seems unachievable. We disagree. It is possible, and for us at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, achieving it is our everyday task. Neither the poor economy nor political gridlock will be enough to stop the movement to end homelessness. That is what we believe, and we are not alone. We thank you for your support.
President and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness