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STEP 6: SHORTEN HOMELESSNESS
The shelter and transitional housing system in your community is organized to minimize the length of time people remain homeless, and the number of times they become homeless. Outcome measures are a key component of this effort.
Ending homelessness requires an alignment of resources to reduce the duration of each spell of homelessness, and prevent recurrence. A "Housing First" approach is critical to successfully ending homelessness. Housing First approaches address immediate barriers to housing so that homeless people can move into permanent housing as quickly as possible. Housing First programs usually address service needs through home-based case management, which helps stabilize the family, ensure that they will have sufficient income to sustain their housing, and prevent a recurrence of homelessness. For such a system to be effective, the incentives embedded in the homeless assistance system have to reflect these outcomes. Examples of such incentives include:
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