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What is the Solution to End Family Homelessness?

IHN of Essex County believes that solutions to family homelessness exist. We work to get families into housing as soon as possible while providing the supportive services needed to stabilize them so they can maintain their dwelling on their own.


According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), several solutions work in relieving family homelessness. Some provide direct support to families such as jobs that pay enough so parents can afford a place to live; affordable housing, health insurance and access to quality health care and keeping families together and accommodating all family configurations in housing and shelter. Other solutions involve coordinating all the programs and assistance available to families as well as matching programs to a family’s specific needs.


To this end, The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness released on April 22, 2010 a new federal strategic plan geared toward preventing and ending homelessness. The Secretaries of the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Veterans Affairs unveiled Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.


Opening Doors sets four major goals:

  • Finish the job of ending chronic homelessness in five years;
  • Prevent and end homelessness among veterans in five years;
  • Prevent and end homelessness for families, youth, and children in ten years; and
  • Set a path to ending all types of homelessness.


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"We are as much helped and impacted by the people with whom we serve as they are hopefully helped. We did it because God is constantly moving on the hearts of our laity, showing them where the work is being done and inviting us to join. Sometimes we get it right, hear clearly from God, and respond appropriately. This is one of those times."
A pastor from a congregation that provides emergency shelter