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Shreveport- Bossier "Hope for the Homeless" reduced local homelessness by 22%

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Hope for the Homeless announced today that Shreveport-Bossier is making a big difference to wipe out homelessness.  It has housed homeless individuals as part of the national 100,000 Homes Campaign.  The campaign has now reached its four-year goal of helping communities house 100,000 chronically homeless Americans. That number includes more than 30,000 veterans and represents an estimated annual taxpayer savings of $1.3 billion.  The group is being honored this week at the White House for their contribution.

Hope for the Homeless is contributing to the continued downward trend in homelessness nationally. Between 2010 and today, the number of Americans experiencing chronic homelessness has dropped from 109,812 to 92,593. In the same time, veteran homelessness has declined by 24 percent to 58,063.

Shreveport-Bossier joined the campaign in 2011 and is a member of its elite “2.5% Club,” a group of 57 communities nationwide that are on track to end chronic homelessness outright within three years.

The 100,000 Homes Campaign is a national movement coordinated by New York-based non-profit, Community Solutions.

“The 100,000 Homes Campaign matters because it shows that ending homelessness is possible and measurable,” said 100,000 Homes Campaign Director and former Army Captain Becky Kanis. “These communities have shown that no one is beyond help or out of reach. Those are just stories we tell ourselves to avoid taking action. By using data and getting smarter about how we work, we can solve this problem and eliminate the national tragedy of homelessness.”

Communities participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign have achieved success by doing four things differently:                                                
  • First, they hit the streets to identify all of their homeless neighbors by name and build a file on each person’s housing needs.  
  • Second, they prioritize their most vulnerable and chronically homeless neighbors for the first permanent housing available. This includes those who have been homeless for extended periods of time and those who face serious health conditions associated with an increased risk of death on the streets.
  • Third, they adopt the evidence-based Housing First approach, moving people into permanent housing right away and working diligently on long-term employment, drug treatment, healthcare and mental health needs only after stable housing has been secured.
  • Finally, they use data to streamline their local housing systems and track their monthly progress toward ending homelessness. All communities work toward a goal of housing at least 2.5% of their chronically homeless population each month, putting them ahead of the growth curve and on track to end chronic homelessness outright.


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