What does "Opening Doors" entail?
The "Opening Doors" plan involves numerous objectives and steps. Presented here are the core philosophy and ideas of the plan.
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Create a sense of urgency in government and increase homelessness awareness in the general population of the U.S.
Provide permanent supportive housing—housing with social aid to help mitigate symptoms of disability—to chronically homeless people and promote low-cost housing for people likely to become homeless.
Improve programs designed to educate people and provide job training to prevent vulnerability to homelessness.
Increase integration of health care services with homelessness care services to provide better care and reduce costs.
How do we define homelessness?
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has two primary definitions of homelessness. Both revolve around the basic idea of not having a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
What information do we have?
The Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress is a publication created yearly by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The AHAR presents the best statistics we have on the homeless population in the United States.