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Community Solutions Weighs In on the Federal Plan to End Homelessness

Focusing on equity, real-time data, and accountability.
  |  July 10, 2020

Last month, the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) announced its intention to update the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. As part of this process, they invited the public to provide comments and recommendations to inform the new plan. 

Community Solutions submitted a letter to provide our comments and recommendation to inform the next iteration of the federal government’s road map to address homelessness. We encouraged the federal agencies involved to:

  • Embed equity and Housing First values
  • Create accountability for measurable, population-level reductions
  • Focus on real-time data and data collection 

COVID-19 reaffirmed that everyone deserves a safe, permanent home and lawmakers have the tools to make this a reality – right now. Call upon your local, state, and federal lawmakers to ensure that our homeless response leaders have the resources, tools, and support they need to protect themselves, as well as those they serve. And work toward ending homelessness in your community.


Built for Zero equips cities to create an operating system for ending homelessness. Mayors from Mesa, Arizona, and Bakersfield, California, shared their communities’ journeys on the path to ending homelessness as part of Built for Zero.
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We need your help to urge state and local governments to focus on allocating this new funding to protect people experiencing homelessness and homeless system response staff, and to limit inflow into health care and hospital systems.
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The CARES Act includes $12.4 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as an injection of funding for individuals, businesses, states, and local governments.