The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) hosted a webinar on January 10 focusing on the Biden administration’s federal plan for ending homelessness in the U.S. The webinar provided an overview of the plan, All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, which was released by the Biden administration on December 19 (see Memo, 12/19/2022). Developed by USICH in collaboration with the 19 federal agencies comprising the USICH council, the plan outlines strategies to prevent homelessness and increase the supply of housing with supportive services and announces the ambitious goal of reducing homelessness by 25% by 2025. All In recommits the federal government to proven strategies to end homelessness, including Housing First.
During the webinar, speakers addressed the current state of homelessness and discussed the inclusive public input process that informed the federal strategic plan. The presenters provided an overview of All In, describing the plan as a roadmap for federal action to ensure that communities have sufficient resources, policy guidance, and tools to build sustainable systems to both prevent and end homelessness. The Biden administration encourages state and local governments to use the new plan as a blueprint for developing their own plans to prevent and end homelessness and for defining their own goals for 2025. State and local officials, housing and homeless service providers, advocates, and others can also use the plan to learn about federal programs and actions, hold the federal government accountable, and educate partners and stakeholders on the causes of homelessness, as well as existing challenges and opportunities.
The presenters outlined the plan’s three foundational pillars – equity, data, and collaboration – as well as its three solution pillars – housing and supports, homelessness response, and prevention. Each pillar includes strategies and actions the federal government will pursue to increase the availability of and access to housing, health care, economic security, and stability for all Americans. The speakers also addressed how the plan will be implemented and evaluated. In collaboration with local, state, national, and federal partners, USICH will develop implementation plans with specific actions, milestones, and metrics. The agency will publish an annual performance management plan and will update the plan annually to reflect evolving metrics, input, and lessons.
Access the presentation slides and recording at: https://bit.ly/3XlFXNF
Learn more about the Federal Strategic Plan at: https://www.usich.gov/fsp
Read NLIHC’s statement on the Federal Strategic Plan at: https://bit.ly/3iq0pOG