More on the Role of Local Communities

Communities across our nation are seeing resources decrease while facing continued high levels of family homelessness. Because of these challenges, it is important for communities to take a step back and take a systems level look at how family homelessness is being addressed. It is clear that the only way to make headway ending family homelessness is to make all systems that touch low-income families work in concert to achieve early interventions and to address housing crises when they occur.

Four key strategy areas for Federal, state, and local action to end family homelessness have been identified:

  • Develop a centralized or coordinated entry system with the capacity to assess needs and connect families to targeted prevention assistance where possible and temporary shelter as needed;
  • Ensure tailored interventions and assistance appropriate to the needs of families:
  • Help families connect to the mainstream resources (benefits, employment, and community-based services) needed to sustain housing and achieve stability, and improve linkages to local mainstream systems to more quickly help families gain access to these resources;
  • Develop and build upon evidence-based practices for serving families experiencing and at-risk of experiencing homelessness.

See Family Connection: Building Systems to End Family Homelessness for more information on each strategy area.

USICH, in partnership with Federal agencies, will publish additional resources as more is learned from the field and Federal partners about effective strategies for building systems to end family homelessness.