10-year action plan

Raleigh, Wake aim to end homelessness.

By Ken Maness

[06.22.04] — Raleigh, Wake County and the Wake Continuum of Care, an organization of roughly 30 human-service providers, are working on a plan to end homelessness in 10 years.

Raleigh’s is the 100th such plan being undertaken throughout the U.S.  More comprehensive than other plans, it will not only recommend actions to help the most visible persons who are chronically homeless, but also is focusing on essential elements needed to strengthen programs to help the majority of persons who are not always the most visible.

They represent 90 percent of the 2,000 homeless persons in the Triangle, including many men and women, families, children, immigrants, refugees and veterans.

The plan is being developed with extensive community involvement at community forums, meetings with persons who are homeless and other meetings.

Hundreds of ideas and special insight has been gained at the beginning of the process, giving the plan a strong foundation for recommending specific actions, strategies and programs to be undertaken.  Recommendations for action in the plan will be based not only on research into nationally recognized best practices, but also on the specific needs of our community that members of the plan partnership have clearly heard in recent months.

Triangle United Way has recently joined the plan partnership with a commitment of funds, staff participation and assistance with fundraising to help with plan costs.

The plan goal is to strengthen and shift a broad range of local, regional and statewide programs from managing and sustaining homelessness, to engaging persons who are homeless and the broad community to change the direction of programs toward ending and preventing homelessness within the next decade.

Ken Maness represents the City of Raleigh, N.C., in the plan partnership effort and works for the city’s planning department.

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