Ten Year Plan

The Alliance's bold and innovative Ten Year Plan approaches homelessness strategically and comprehensively, aiming to end homelessness for all.

In 2000, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released A Plan, Not a Dream: How to End Homelessness in Ten Years - a bold, innovative strategy to end homelessness in the United States.

Homelessness has so permeated the American landscape that it may seem that the social conundrum has always been a part of our society. However, homelessness is a thoroughly modern phenomenon. Until the 1980s, there was not widespread homelessness in America. But tonight, nearly 700,000 people will experience homelessness across the country, despite a $2 billion dollar a year infrastructure designed to deal with the problem.

What can we be doing better?

Drawing on the latest research and effective programs from around the country, the Ten Year Plan outlines key strategies in addressing homelessness locally, which cumulatively can address the issue nationally. The plan outlines four key elements of a plan to end homelessness:

  • Plan for outcomes. Every jurisdiction should collect data and use it to identify the different groups of people experiencing homelessness: elderly people, youth, families, individuals, and others. The data can then be used to identify the most effective strategy for each subgroup of the homeless population. Jurisdictions should bring those responsible for mainstream as well as homelessness-specific resources to the planning table to plan to draw each group out of homelessness.
  • Close the front door. Communities can prevent homelessness before it starts. By making mainstream poverty programs more accountable for the outcomes of their clients, communities can intervene before vulnerable individuals and families fall into homelessness.
  • Open the back door. At it’s core, homelessness occurs when people are not able to acquire housing then can afford. By developing - and subsidizing when needed - an adequate supply of affordable housing, communities can move people off of the streets and reduce homelessness effectively and permanently.
  • Build the infrastructure. Ending homelessness can be a first step in addressing the systemic problems that lead to crisis poverty, including a shortage of affordable housing, incomes that do not pay for basic needs, and a lack of appropriate services for those that need them. Addressing all of these issues community by community is a necessary step to ending homelessness and poverty.

Since the release of this blueprint, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Bush Administration have endorsed the idea of planning to end chronic homelessness in ten years, the Obama Administration pledged to end veterans homelessness within five years, and the US Interagency Council on Homelessness challenged cities to create plans to end homelessness. The momentum has built across the country — to date, there are 243 completed plans to end homelessness across the country. These plans echo key strategies outlined in the Alliance’s plan and represent a critical, collective effort to end homelessness nationwide. The Homelessness Research Institute at the National Alliance to End Homelessness recently completed a study evaluating the completed plans. The report, A Shifting Focus, evaluates the elements and implementation of the plans.

The Alliance maintains a database of the existing plans and encourages communities developing plans to submit theirs.

Spotlight

Library Resources

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Ten Year Plan | July 25, 2011
Howard County's Plan to End Homelessness
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Ten Year Plan | July 25, 2011
Tuscarawas County Plan to End Homelessness
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Ten Year Plan | July 25, 2011
One Person, One Family at a Time: The Plan, Michigan's Campaign to End Homelessness
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
There's No Place Like Home: A Ten Year Plan to Address Issues Surrounding Housing and Homelessness
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Homelessness: Break the Cycle; A Ten Year Plan for Adams County
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Restoring Hope, Happiness, and Healing
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Rensselaer County Ten Year Plan to end Homelessness
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Williston Plan to End Homelessness
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Topeka/Shawnee County Homeless Task Force 10 Year Plan, Objectives, and Action Steps
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Stevens County 10 Year Housing Plan
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Ten Year Strategic Plan to end Homelessness
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
A Strategy to End Chronic Homelessness in Lynn, Massachusetts Ten Year Action Plan
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
10 Year Plan to end Chronic Homelessness
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
A 10 Year Plan to End Hoemlessness in Grant County
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Homelessness 2007 Stamford/Greenwich Connecticut: A Ten Year Plan. Different Time Different Place
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Ten Year Plan to end Chronic and Other Homelessness
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Ending Homelessness: South East Texas 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Heading Home Southeast Minnesota
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Home Run: The Capital Area's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in the County of Dauphin and the City of Harrisburg
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
L.I.F.E. Lee's Investment For Everyone: Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness in Our Community
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
The Kittitas County Homelessness Prevention and Reduction Plan
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Identify, Assist and Congrol: A 10 Year Plan to Eliminate Chronic Homelessness 2006-2016
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
Tulsa's Strategic Plan to end Chronic Homelessness by 2010
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Ten Year Plan | June 3, 2010
A Road Home: 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness
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Solutions Brief | April 25, 2010
Denver, CO has experienced tremendous success in implementing its Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, much of which can be attributed to a few core practices. A slate of those practices are examined here.
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Fact Sheets | January 2, 2010
In 2000, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released A Plan, Not a Dream: How to End Homelessness in Ten Years. Drawing on research and innovative programs from around the country, the plan outlined key strategies in addressing the issue locally, which cumulatively can address the issue nationally. Since the release of this blueprint, over 300 communities have undertaken efforts to end homelessness and over 180 communities have completed plans to end homelessness.
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Solutions Brief | July 28, 2006
The Alliance's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness calls on America to change its thinking and pursue steps that seek - not just to manage - but to permanently end the problem within ten years. Composed of four main components, the plan zeros in on the gaps in existing programs and identifies the practical steps necessary to prevent and end homelessness effectively.