The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has launched a new solutions database on its website. The database includes more than 50 profiles of community-based practices and programs intended to prevent and end homelessness. Each profile includes ideas for implementation, information about results achieved through each practice or program, and links to additional information.
The database includes four different types of profiles:
- Evidence-based practices: practices that are supported by evidence from a body of research that consistently shows positive outcomes in different locations and environments.
- Promising practices: practices that have been implemented in multiple locations, and for which there is growing evidence that the practices result in positive outcomes.
- Model programs: programs that have been implemented in at least one community and have resulted in positive outcomes.
- Emerging approaches: programs and practices that appear to advance the goals described in Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness, but are so new that there is not yet an evidence base to demonstrate impact.
The Solutions Database is “an evolving library of information,” and USICH intends to update it regularly with additional profiles as other promising models are identified.