Goal: Reduce the number of homeless families and individuals.
Strategy 1: Homelessness Prevention
The best way to fight homelessness in our community is to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. We support programs that triage those at highest risk of becoming homeless to connect them with services to stay housed or find housing.
Strategy 2: Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing and/or Homelessness Outreach
In the most recent Point In Time Count, 387 Washtenaw County residents were homeless. We support programs that provide short-term shelter and connect individuals and families with resources they need to get back on their feet.
Strategy 3: Rapid Rehousing
The faster someone experiencing homelessness is re-housed into permanent housing, the better their own outcomes and outlook for the future (at a lower cost than shelter), for a variety of reasons. We support programs that work to place at-risk individuals and families into permanent housing as quickly as possible, in line with national housing best practices.
Strategy 4: Permanent Supportive Housing
Some adults will always need addtional support to live stably and independently (such as adults with disabilities or mental illness). We support programs that provide housing supports, such as on-site social workers or connection to employment opportunities) to keep people in stable housing permanently and keep them a part of their community.
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