Thursday, March 28, 2019

These communities have ended homelessness

Homelessness. We’ve become inured to seeing people on the street. It seems unpleasant but normal. But a number of communities have ended homelessness and even more have at least ended it for Veterans. The trick is real-time data.

[Bergen County] created a “command center” that brought together various organizations working on homelessness, and then began using real-time data about each person experiencing homelessness so that everyone could work together to get them housed. Like many places, Bergen County also committed to a “housing first” approach, meaning that people move into permanent housing as a first step before also getting help with finding a job, mental healthcare, or other issues.

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