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End Homelessness

The Grand Challenge to End Homelessness boldly aspires to ensure that everyone has stable housing in

the United States, where approximately 1.5 million people are homeless each year.1 Translating rigorous

research into evidence-based interventions and informed political advocacy, this Grand Challenge aims

to address homelessness both directly and indirectly by expanding housing options and creating greater

income stability. In 2020, in the midst of a pandemic-induced recession, this Grand Challenge took on

additional urgency as cities and states have begun to lift their eviction moratoria.

During the past five years, members of the Grand Challenge network have published prolifically, lectured

widely, and advocated energetically for this cause. Against the backdrop of rising homelessness rates

in major cities, they have articulated detailed policy recommendations for the incoming administration.

Within their field, they have updated their curricula in line with the principles of Housing First and outside

their field, they have addressed common misconceptions about homelessness.

1U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2015)

1Expand investment in

affordable housing

through existing and

new revenue sources.

2Shift funds from

transitional emergency

programs to lasting

solutions such as rental

vouchers and permanent

supportive housing for

those with disabilities. 3Prevent homelessness

or ensure its brevity

by supporting rapid

re-housing and timelimited

rental assistance. 4Ensure that the guiding

principles of housing first

(low barriers to housing,

harm reduction, clientcentered

services) form the

cornerstone of homeless

services for adults,

families, and youths.

POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO END HOMELESSNESS

Policy Proposals for the

2020 U.S. Presidential Election

Social Work's Grand Challenge to

End

Homelessness From End Homelessness: Policy Proposals for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, 2020,

available at the End Homelessness website.

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