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Increase access to stable and affordable housing by providing affordable housing and permanent supportive housing.
Increase economic security, expand meaningful and sustainable employment and improve access to mainstream programs and services to reduce financial vulnerability to homelessness.
Improve health and stability by linking health care with homeless assistance programs and housing, advancing stability for youth aging out of systems such as foster care and juvenile justice, and improving discharge planning for people who have frequent contact with hospitals and criminal justice systems.
Retool the homeless response system by transforming homeless services to crisis response systems that prevent homelessness and rapidly return people who experience homelessness to stable housing.
It's the first comprehensive federal effort to end homelessness with a timeline and measureable goals, Nan Roman, the president of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, told McLatchy.
"To me that's really important, because we know that when the Bush administration made a commitment to end chronic homelessness, it really made a huge difference," Roman said. "It changed how resources were allocated. It caused better coordination, and the result has been that the chronic numbers have gone down. Now they're taking that same approach and they're expanding it to the other homeless populations. I think that's significant."
Last week a government report revealed that nearly 1.6 million people, including more than 170,000 U.S. families, spent time in homeless shelters in 2009, McLatchy reported.
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