2011 National Conference on
Ending Family Homelessness
(National Alliance to End Homelessness)
With persistent high unemployment, and state and local social services budgets in disarray, more and more of the most vulnerable American families began the new decade sliding precipitously close to – and even experiencing – homelessness. Despite hard work by everyone involved in the issue, reports of rising family homelessness are common. The problems that are making the lives of low-income families worse will take time to fix.
In the face of brutal economic conditions, people working on family homelessness have made serious progress. Some individual communities, against all odds, have reduced homelessness among families; many others have put new approaches in place that are minimizing the number of families becoming homeless, and helping those that do move quickly back into stable housing. The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) created resources and opportunities for families across the country. Communities built their capacity to implement these key strategies. The federal government, with the announcement of its strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness for children, youth and families in ten years, has formally joined a partnership with local plans to end homelessness.
People working on homelessness have done heroic work to blunt the impacts of the recession, and to develop more effective and efficient approaches that leave us positioned to end homelessness as we emerge from the recession into this new decade. We approach this work with renewed urgency and strength of purpose, and with new tools like the federal HEARTH Act that aligns HUD’s homelessness programs squarely with the goal of ending family homelessness. We do so with fresh ideas and a more committed federal partner in the fight. We acknowledge the progress we have made and look forward to addressing the remaining challenges and their solutions at our National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness.
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