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Family homelessness is more widespread than many think, but it is not an unsolvable problem. Across the country, over 220 communities are planning to end homelessness, and a handful of communities and many local programs are making progress in ending family homelessness. These communities have data to demonstrate quantifiable outcomes, including decreases in length of stay in shelter, fewer families entering emergency shelter, and more families entering permanent housing. Since housing is the key to ending homelessness, federal programs—both mainstream housing programs and homeless assistance programs should follow the lead of the communities showing promise and focus on getting people housed as quickly as possible. At a minimum, these snapshots, and other success stories like them from around the country, offer us insights into promising strategies to end family homelessness. At best, they hold the key to solving the problem. With further testing, evaluation, and expansion of these strategies to other communities there is hope for national
declines in family homelessness. (Authors)
Washington, D.C.
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