North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

Ending Family Homelessness: Lessons from Communities

This paper from the National Alliance to End Homelessness provides an overview of family homelessness in the United States. It examines the key strategies that communities are implementing to respond to increased family housing instability and homelessness. It also discusses the need for federal leadership.
In the years since the Alliance profiled six communities that reduced family homelessness in Promising Strategies to End Family Homelessness (2006), more communities have adopted the strategies that were key to their success. The onset of the recession and new resources dedicated to ending family homelessness have facilitated the adoption of these strategies and the growth of new approaches. By monitoring successful communities, the Alliance has identified six key strategies critical to ending family homelessness.
  • Prevention assistance
  • Rapid Re-Housing
  • Helping families pay for housing
  • Strategic use of services
  • Coordinated intake, assessment, and services
  • Data for planning and program management
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