North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

Opening Doors: Annual Update 2012

On March 20, 2013, the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released the 2012 Annual Update to Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. The second year of implementation of Opening Doors was met with continued commitment from Federal leaders of the 19 agencies on the Council and greater collaboration among State and local governments and nonprofits to reach the goals.
This update provides an overview of the USICH, Opening Doors, the latest information available on the number of people experiencing homelessness, the federal programs that provide assistance, and information on USICH and member agencies' activities and accomplishments in the last year. Within this update's reporting period there has been some marked progress to the goals. Through significant collaboration between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, there was an 18 percent decrease in the number of veterans experiencing homelessness between 2010 and 2012. For the first time there is a federal framework in place for how we will move forward to end youth homelessness in America,  and with strategic use of one-time Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds, agencies prevented and ended homelessness for 1.3 million people and strengthened the way homeless systems operate. 
The 2012 Annual Update is available for download on the USICH website.

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