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Interagency Council on Homelessness Affirms Commitment to Opening Doors

July 13, 2011

On July 12th, Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis chaired the second meeting of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness in 2011. The meeting was hosted at the White House and focused on the one-year anniversary of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.  Secretary Solis was joined by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary and Vice Chair of USICH Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, and representatives from member agencies. The Council met to review progress and challenges related to implementing Opening Doors, as well as to plan for the second year. Action was taken to affirm the Administration's commitment to the Plan and to send the first annual update on Opening Doors (currently under final review) to Congress. Here we review highlights of the meeting, including notable progress during the first year of implementation.

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