Opening Doors Amendment 2012
Since the release of Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in June 2010, communities across the nation have come together at the federal, state, and local levels to make progress towards the Plan’s four major goals: ending chronic and Veteran homelessness by 2015, ending homelessness for families, youth and children by 2020, and setting a path to end all types of homelessness. The 10 objectives and 52 strategies laid out in the Plan inform needed action at all levels of government to bring about a day when all Americans have a safe, stable place to call home. While we have been able to make progress in the fight to end homelessness, especially for our nation’s Veterans, the US ICH recognizes that more work must be done across the board to provide support and stability for children and youth experiencing homelessness.
This Amendment to Opening Doors was developed to specifically address what strategies and supports should be implemented to improve the educational outcomes for children and youth, and the steps that need to be taken to assist unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness. The Amendment provides further clarity on what needs to be done specifically for youth and children if we are to reach the goal of ending homelessness among families, children and youth by 2020.
Source: US Interagency Council on Homelessness