Opening Doors, the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness celebrated its four year anniversary this week and USICH is open to amending the plan in four key areas:

  1. Retooling the Homeless Crises Response System
  2. The Goal to Prevent and End Chronic Homelessness
  3. The Role of Health Care in the Effort to Prevent and End Homelessness
  4. Using Data, Setting Goals, and Defining What It Means to End Homelessness

USICH has created a Participation Guide which may be helpful in identifying where we would like to propose changes.We want your input! In order to best represent the voices of runaway and homeless youth and the programs that support them, the Network will be collecting input from members and interested parties.

You can participate in the following ways:

  • Complete NN4Y’s Opening Doors feedback document and email it to lindsey.bober@nn4youth.org by Thursday, July 10th.  Download the form HERE.
  • Read the Network’s compiled amendments (to be emailed out after the collection deadline).  Our initial thoughts are below.
  • NN4Y Members only can participate in a discussion to strengthen the compiled amendments on Monday, July 14th at 3pm EST. Conference call details will be emailed out to members in advance of the call.
  • Vote for the Network’s amendments we submit through the interactive Feedback Forums that USICH has created for the input process.  After the Network submits the different amendments we compile from YOU, we will share the links to those amendments so that you can “vote” for these amendments.  The submissions with the most votes will be listed first in the forums and your “vote” will demonstrate the amount of support our amendments have from the field.

NN4Y’s Initial Thoughts:

  1. Retooling the Homeless Crises Response System
    • Prevention of youth homelessness (respite care, poverty reduction, family intervention)
    • Support in schools
    • Crisis intervention programs from runaway and homeless youth (12 to 24 year olds) and their families (Basic Center Programs)
  2. The Goal to Prevent and End Chronic Homelessness
    • What would it mean to “end” youth homelessness?  Asked another way: How will we know when we have “ended youth homelessness” (recognizing that we will never end the circumstances that lead young people to be ejected from their homes or leave their homes)?
    • Potential Answer: Increased effective prevention of youth homelessness and increased readily available crisis response and longer-term solutions for young people who become homeless. (1) Every community has appropriate services for homeless youth aged 12 to 24 years. (2) There are no wait lists for services and housing for homeless youth.
  3. The Role of Health Care in the Effort to Prevent and End Homelessness
    • How can health care, especially Medicaid, be used to provide services and housing to homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness (pay for case management, housing, mental and behavior health services, etc.)?
  4. Using Data, Setting Goals, and Defining What It Means to End Homelessness
    • What data can or should be used in setting goals and defining what it means to end youth homelessness (i.e. U.S. Department of Education Numbers, HUD Point-in-time count, CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveys, etc.)?

Questions? Email lindsey.bober@nn4youth.org with questions or concerns about this process.

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Darla Bardine

DATE

June 26, 2014

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