The newly released “Homeless States of Emergency: Advocacy Strategies to Advance Permanent Solutions” takes an in-depth look at recent emergency declarations on homelessness. While homelessness has always been a crisis for those experiencing it, these jurisdictional statements officially recognize homelessness as a human-made disaster that requires a crisis-level response.
This publication examines SOE declarations from nine jurisdictions, considering whether such statements can serve as advocacy tools to raise awareness and promote greater resources. Identifying common themes—and noting how most declarations entail only temporary measures—the paper offers several policies promoting longer-term solutions for consideration in future SOE declarations.
This paper coincides with the release of a new brief from National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH). Additionally, the National HCH Council will join the NAEH and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to host a related webinar, “Homelessness as a State of Emergency,” at 1 p.m. EST on March 9.
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