Opening Doors is the nation’s first comprehensive federal strategy to prevent and end homelessness. It was presented to the Office of the President and Congress on June 22, 2010, and updated and amended in 2012 and 2015 to reflect what we have learned over the past six years.
National Strategic Plan Goals
- Prevent and end homelessness among Veterans in 2015
- Finish the job of ending chronic homelessness in 2017
- Prevent and end homelessness for families with children and youth in 2020
- Set a path to ending all types of homelessness
What Does Ending Homelessness Mean?
An end to homelessness means that every community will have a systematic response in place that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible, or if it can’t be prevented, it is a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience.
Specifically, every community will have the capacity to:
- Quickly identify and engage people at risk of and experiencing homelessness.
- Intervene to prevent the loss of housing and divert people from entering the homelessness services system.
- When homelessness does occur, provide immediate access to shelter and crisis services, without barriers to entry, while permanent stable housing and appropriate supports are being secured, and quickly connect people to housing assistance and services—tailored to their unique needs and strengths—to help them achieve and maintain stable housing.