Through the hard work of communities around the country, we now have proof of something that we didn’t before—that ending homelessness is achievable.
Home, Together builds upon what we have learned from states and communities over time, and lays out the strategies we know we must advance at the federal level in order to support and accelerate state and local progress. Home, Together has one fundamental goal, a goal shared across federal, state, and local partners: to end homelessness in America.
But the people who experience homelessness are diverse—in their experiences, in their challenges, in their household compositions, in their ages, in many other ways—and we must tailor and target our strategies and actions to reflect that diversity.
Therefore, the Plan sets important population-specific goals as well:
• To end homelessness among Veterans
• To end chronic homelessness among people with disabilities
• To end homelessness among families with children
• To end homelessness among unaccompanied youth
• To end homelessness among all other individuals
Achieving these shared goals is not possible through federal action alone—it requires strategic focus, effort, and investments from both the public and the private sectors and across all levels of government. Achieving these goals as a nation means achieving these goals in all our communities, communities that are also diverse—in their demographics, in their needs, in their geographic characteristics, in their progress to date, in their resources, in their infrastructure, in their housing markets, and in many other ways.
Some communities have already succeeded at achieving some of these sub-goals, others are on the cusp of major successes, and many are striving hard to make progress but face very significant challenges.
Therefore, the Plan does not set uniform time frames. Rather, federal partners will continue to work with communities, and provide tools and information, that will enable them to set their own ambitious goals, tailored to their local conditions, and grounded in their local data.