The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) announced the launch of an interactive forum for stakeholders to provide feedback to USICH on two topics: the improvement of early childhood learning and educational outcomes for youth and children experiencing homelessness, and strategies for ending homelessness among unaccompanied youth up to age 24.
USICH released Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2010, and issued an update to the plan one year after its release (see Memo, 6/25/10, 10/7/11). Opening Doors set four goals for ending homelessness among different populations, including ending homelessness for families, youth and children by 2020. USICH is planning a second annual update to Opening Doors that will include a particular emphasis on issues related to educational outcomes for children and youth and the needs of unaccompanied youth, and is seeking feedback through the aforementioned forum for strategies and content to be included in it.
USICH says that the feedback will be used in conjunction with guidance from other experts and practitioners to create:
- “A set of actionable steps that states and communities can take to improve educational supports for homeless youth and children.
- “A strong framework for preventing and ending youth homelessness that will set us on a path to reaching our 2020 goal.
- “A focused set of priorities USICH and our federal partners will pursue in both the short- and long-term.”
USICH will accept comments until April 30. Readers can participate in the forum at: http://usich.uservoice.com
Opening Doors is available at: http://www.ich.gov/PDF/OpeningDoors_2010_FSPPreventEndHomeless.pdf
The update to Opening Doors is available at: http://www.ich.gov/PDF/OpeningDoors_2010_FSPPreventEndHomeless.pdf