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It’s time to stop looking away

Every one of us has walked by someone who is experiencing homelessness at one time or another and looked away. Why? Because the problem of homelessness is so big and complicated. We don’t know what to do or how to help.

So we keep walking. But the problem of homelessness in our communities isn’t going away. In fact, it’s getting worse.

Ending homelessness won’t be easy. It will take all of us — as well as courage, passion, and a well-thought-out plan.

The following is our 10-Step plan to end homelessness as we know it today:

1 Change the way we think and talk about people experiencing homelessness.
1 Stop making excuses and get involved.
1 Ensure that no one is ever evicted to the streets.
1 Localize solutions to homelessness.
1 Mentor individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness.
1 Encourage local communities to adopt best practices regarding policing and other public services that directly affect homelessness.
1 Expand seasonal winter shelters to operate year-round.
1 Advocate that permanent supportive housing be reserved for the most chronic, most devastated men and women who have experienced long-term homelessness.
1 Increase investment in more life-transforming services.
1 Provide everyone with the skills to work.
Proceed to: