Federal Strategy To Address Homelessness Includes Boosting Health Services Available To Persons At Risk 

 Opening Doors, the Federal Plan to End Homelessness developed by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), includes five major themes deemed necessary to successfully address homelessness.   The fourth of the major elements of the plan is the need to β€œimprove the health and stability of persons and families facinghomelessness.”  USICH indicates that studies found that many individuals and families faced an increased risk of homelessness due to the complications and financial burdens caused by health related issues.

The plan notes that the integration of basic health services as well as behavioral health services, such as addiction and mental health assistance, with housing assistance is essential to address the issue of homelessness.   USICH states that an increase in funding in the Federal Medicare program was a major step implemented under the Federal plan to increase the availability of health services to individuals and families facing homelessness.  USICH also indicates that the need to provide health and housing stability for youth exiting foster care and juvenile institutions was a major issue to be addressed under the Federal plan.

Danbury Housing Chair Mark J. Nolan stated:  β€œThe provision of supportive medical and mental health services linked to housing has been identified by the local community as being key to the effort to successfully implement our Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.  Any financial support from the Federal government to implement such a strategy in our region would be a welcome development.”

The final major element of the Federal plan will be addressed in the next Partnership news brief.

For more information about the Danbury Housing Partnership, please call Chair Mark J. Nolan at 203-797-8255 or visit www.danburyhousingpartnership.org.

For more information about USICH and the Opening Doors plan please visit www.usich.gov.