On June 8, 2016, HUD and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released the criteria and benchmarks for ending chronic homelessness. This is part of a larger effort being undertaken by USICH and its 19 federal member agencies to focus and drive progress on the goals established in Opening Doors.
Criteria and benchmarks work together to provide a complete picture of a community’s response to homelessness. While the criteria focus on describing essential elements and accomplishments of the community’s response, a benchmark serves as an indicator of whether and how effectively that system is working. These criteria and benchmarks represent our best thinking at this time. We will continue to review and evaluate their effectiveness as more communities approach and succeed in meeting the goal of ending chronic homelessness.
We know that permanent housing with individually tailored supportive services is the solution to ending chronic homelessness. To make sure all individuals experiencing chronic homelessness are on a quick path to permanent housing – and that no additional individuals fall into chronic homelessness – communities need robust, coordinated systems that are focused on the same shared outcomes. The criteria and benchmarks released on June 8th are intended to help communities build and fine tune those systems, to help define the vision of ending chronic homelessness for individuals within communities, and to align local efforts in support of that vision, with a focus on long-term, lasting solutions.
To read USICH’s announcement of the benchmarks and criteria, and to download the criteria and benchmarks to end chronic homelessness, please go to USICH’s website.