Obama Administration to Focus on Homeless

Obama Administration to Focus on Homeless

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The Obama administration has committed to a national strategic plan to end homelessness, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released this week.

The plan from Cabinet members and members of the Obama administration has a goal of ending veteran and chronic homelessness by 2015 and among families and youth by 2020, the release stated. The officials have formed the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).

The plan’s supporters note that the goal is an ambitious one.

“As the most far-reaching and ambitious plan to end homelessness in our history, this plan will both strengthen existing programs and forge new partnerships,” said USICH Chair and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “Working together with Congress, state and local officials, faith-based and community organizations, and business and philanthropic leaders across our country, we will harness public and private resources to build on the innovations that have been demonstrated at the local level nationwide. No one should be without a safe, stable place to call home and today we unveil a plan that will put our nation on the path toward ending all types of homelessness.”

The prevention plan includes:

* Increased leadership, collaboration and civic engagement

* Increased access to stable and affordable housing

* Increased economic security

* Improved health and stability

* Transformed homeless crisis response system

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