The Obama Administration is committed to ending chronic homelessness nationally in 2017. Achieving this goal nationally is only possible if we achieve it locally. To do so, communities across the country must have enough available permanent supportive housing units to serve people currently experiencing chronic homelessness and to prevent people with disabling conditions from becoming chronically homeless in the future.
To help communities set a path to end chronic homelessness locally, USICH recently released the Supportive Housing Opportunities Planner (SHOP) Tool. The SHOP Tool helps communities identify the specific set of strategies, such as increasing the prioritization of existing turnover units and creating new supportive housing, needed to achieve the goal in 2017 or earlier. Specifically, the tool allows communities to set different targets for prioritization and creation of new permanent supportive housing units for people experiencing chronic homelessness, and assess the impact of those targets on the projected number of people experiencing chronic homelessness each year until 2017.
To support the use of the tool, USICH hosted a webinar on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The USICH team was joined by community presenters who discussed their plans for implementing the SHOP Tool to determine the right strategies for increasing permanent supportive housing availability locally.
Richard Cho, USICH
Lindsay Knotts, USICH
Marcy Thompson, HUD
Eric Gammons, Catholic Services of Acadiana in Louisiana
Manny Sarria, Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust