1. Opening Doors Across America: a USICH Call to Action

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    USICH introduces a new initiative called Opening Doors Across America. The goal of this initiative is to increase local involvement in efforts to end homelessness in communities, cities, and states around the country. USICH will provide a variety of tools and connections as well as specific steps that communities should take to ensure their efforts to end homelessness will be successful and cost-effective. USICH Deputy Director Anthony Love gave an overview of Opening Doors Across America, the steps to becoming an Opening Doors community and the tools available to help with this process. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker discussed ways in which bringing all the right people to the table to focus on common goals has helped reduce homelessness in Salt Lake City. The Office to End Homelessness of Minneapolis and Hennepin County Director Cathy ten Broeke and Research and Evaluation Specialist Lisa Thornquist discussed how you can use data to measure your progress and recalibrate your programs to make sure you are getting the best results for your resources. The Executive Director of the Massachusetts Interagency Council on Homelessness discussed the importance of having a broad representation on the council and the need to share best practices with local communities.

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