Retooling Crisis Response Systems

In some communities, HUD's Continuum of Care funding is used as a linear model where people experiencing homelessness are expected to progress through levels of care and demonstrate "readiness" for permanent housing. However, over the last decade, many communities have begun to adopt an approach that focuses on preventing and ending homelessness and rapidly returning people who have become homeless to housing. Despite the documented success of this model over the traditional Continuum of Care model, implementation varies markedly in each community. To end homelessness in this country, communities must restructure their homeless service system into effective and rapid crisis response systems.

The resources in the toolbar to the left may be helpful to communities thinking about systems change in crisis response.