Prevention and Diversion

This page contains best practices in providing prevention assistance, prevention targeting, and shelter diversion into their homeless assistance system, their coordinated assessment process in particular.

Prevention and shelter diversion assistance can help communities reduce the size of their homeless population. Prevention assistance can aid households in preserving their current housing situation; shelter diversion assists households in finding housing outside of shelter while they receive services to stabilize their housing or help them move into permanent housing. Each of these strategies can reduce the number of people entering the homeless assistance system and the demand for shelter and other programmatic housing beds.

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Toolkits | August 28, 2013
This toolkit will help communities integrate best practices in providing prevention assistance, prevention targeting, and shelter diversion into their homeless assistance system, their coordinated assessment process in particular. It includes customizable tools, information on best practices, and materials from communities that have implemented these practices.
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Best Practice | August 16, 2011
Diversion is a strategy that prevents homelessness for people seeking shelter by immediately identifying alternate housing arrangements. Diversion programs can reduce family homelessness, demand for shelter beds, and program wait lists.
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Solutions Brief | January 5, 2011
This document profiles how Hennepin County, MN began to assess how it was targeting its homelessness prevention resources.
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Toolkits | July 29, 2009
The National Alliance to End Homelessness has published this guide and companion to help organizations create a homelessness prevention program or improve an existing prevention program.