Recommendations from the Leadership Summit To End Homelessness

Recommendations from the Leadership Summit To End Homelessness

HUD Assistant Secretaries Henriquez and Marquez at the Summit


United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness held an unprecedented summit of over 140 Federal, regional, state and local leaders, including senior Obama administration officials, to determine the most effective ways to access and utilize public resources.

Below are the key recommendations from summit participants on the next steps for federal and local partners.  What do you think of these priorities?  Share your thoughts!

RECOMMENDED PRIORITIES FOR FEDERAL PARTNERS



ENDING CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS
Summit participants called upon Federal partners to:

  • Direct local Public Housing Authorities to set aside housing vouchers for chronically homeless individuals.

  • Revise the formulas used to distribute federal homeless funding to include poverty, overcrowded housing, and severe rent burden.

  • Coordinate housing and service funding streams with a focus on permanent housing outcomes.




ENDING VETERAN HOMELESSNESS
Summit participants called upon Federal partners to:

  • Allow a portion of VASH Vouchers to be used in permanent housing developments.

  • Allow VASH vouchers to be administered by local nonprofits.

  • Provide direction to local Public Housing Authorities on removing local barriers to utilizing housing resources for chronically homeless individuals and Veterans.


RECOMMENDED PRIORITIES FOR LOCAL PARTNERS



ENDING CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS
Summit participants called upon local partners to:

  • Distribute joint public and private funding for capital, operating, and services for permanent supportive housing.

  • Regularly convene cross-sector stakeholders to continue coordinating work to end chronic and Veteran homelessness.

  • Set aside housing vouchers for chronically homeless individuals.




ENDING VETERAN HOMELESSNESS
Summit participants called upon local partners to:



  • Integrate and align local public and private resources to end Veteran homelessness.

  • Increase regional collaboration between the VA and nonprofits to coordinate placement into available housing opportunities.

  • Centralize income verification between Housing Authorities, VA, and landlords.

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