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STEP 1: PLAN
Your community has a set of strategies focused on ending homelessness. A wide range of players has made funding and implementation commitments to these strategies.
Your community has a set of strategies focused on ending homelessness. A wide range of players (government programs, elected officials, homeless providers, etc.) has made funding and implementation commitments to these strategies.
As Interagency Council on Homelessness Director Philip Mangano said in his address to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in January 2003, "When we recognize a problem in our cities, we make a plan to address it." This is what cities like Indianapolis, Chicago and New York have done, and many more are presently doing, in regard to the problem of homelessness. These cities have taken a serious look at the homeless assistance system as well as broader public systems and are moving beyond efforts to manage this costly problem toward strategies that will prevent and end it. Such strategies address:
Strategies with the most momentum are those built with support and input from a broad range of partners―public, private, and nonprofit. They are based on independent research and effective practices both within and beyond their jurisdictions. They have the endorsement of top city officials and include the commitments of all relevant resources and partners. Through such coordination and planning, cities are changing homelessness from being a permanent fixture embedded in the current economic and social climate to a finite and solvable problem that can be ended in ten years.