Community Dividend

Federal government releases plan to end homelessness

Published October 1, 2010  | October 2010 issue

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), a body made up of Cabinet-level and other senior representatives from 19 federal agencies, has released a comprehensive plan for ending homelessness in America. Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness is structured around four main goals: finishing the job of ending chronic homelessness in five years; preventing and ending homelessness among veterans in five years; preventing and ending homelessness for families, youth, and children in ten years; and setting a path toward ending all types of homelessness. The plan outlines ten objectives and 52 strategies for accomplishing the goals. In addition, it provides an overview of homelessness in America, a discussion of the data sources used to inform the plan, and a description of the immediate next steps for the USICH and its state and local partner agencies to follow. To download the plan, visit