A group of funders working to end homelessness has developed a set of funding principles it hopes will accelerate the pace of change.
The Partnership to End Long Term Homelessness is encouraging funders working on homelessness to take a unified approach to speed the pace of changing policies that can affect the problem.
Funders are encouraged to:
- Invest primarily in housing-based solutions that are integrated into the surrounding community
- Build strategic partnerships between funders, policymakers, business leaders and government, as well as those who work directly with, or advocate for, the homeless
- Promote effective prevention programs, such as discharge planning, employment training, substance-abuse counseling and family reunification
- Raise awareness and build public will for long-term strategies to fight homelessness
- Support empirical approaches such as research, demonstration projects and data collection
- Advocate for system changes, such as increased coordination across government departments and agencies
- Leverage national policy and financial support
On its website, the group is seeking feedback on the principles.