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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:
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. In 2009, the Homelessness Research Institute at the National Alliance to End Homelessness completed a study evaluating the completed plans. The report, A Shifting Focus, evaluates the elements and implementation of the plans.
The Alliance maintained a database of the existing plans and encourages communities developing plans to submit theirs.