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Ten Year Planning

Getting to a Ten Year Plan:

The idea behind ten year plans to end homelessness is that homelessness must be ended. Proponents of the ten year planning process advocate immediate housing, access to mainstream benefits, planning for outcomes, and overarching systematic change.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) was an early advocate of ten year plans. Their model has helped raise public awareness, engage the private sector and increase philanthropic as well as government participation in seeking solutions for homelessness.

Another advocate of the ten year plan is the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), which is in the process of using NAEH's plans and model to engage local and state elected officials. While developing ten year plans the ICH has also advocated for the creation of state level Interagency Councils on homelessness.

Further aiding ten year plan work, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has worked with other concerned groups to create the Policy Academy process, a series of national Policy Academies designed to help state and local policymakers improve access to mainstream services for people who are homeless. For more information on the federal interagency Policy Academy process please see HRSA'a website at www.hrsa.gov/homeless. For more general information on Policy Academies please see the complete 'Getting to a Ten Year Plan' HomeBase document attached below, upon which the above summary is based.


HomeBase's Role in the Ten Year Planning Process:

Throughout all of the above, HomeBase has been instrumental in helping communities draft ten year plans and set up workgroups to carry out their drafted proposals; in presenting institutes, workshops, and trainings on ten year plans and nationwide best practices to end homelessness; and in providing both local and national technical assistance to communities, continua of care, and state organizations.

Most recently, at NAEH's annual conference to end homelessness, HomeBase presented an all day institute entitled 'We Promised It Wouldn't Sit on the Shelf: Local Implementation of 10-Year Plans to End Homelessness.' Materials from the institute are listed below, please browse through them for more information on ten year planning, the history of homelessness policy, and action steps/best practices currently being taken throughout the nation in the work to end homelessness.


Sample Plan:

Yolo County Homelessness Plan


HomeBase Strategy and Training Institute

Materials: July 11, 2005 NAEH Conference

We Promised It Wouldn't Sit on the Shelf: Local Implementation of 10-Year Plans to End Homelessness




Institute Personnel

About HomeBase

Getting to a Ten Year Plan

National Examples of State/County Activity

Developing and implementing a 10 Year Plan: Key Concepts

Insititue Evaluation

Participant Roster

Presenter Roster


Session One - Ten Year Plans as Continuum of Care Shape Shifters:

The Emerging New paradigm Powerpoint Presentation

Additional Selected Resources List


Session Two - The Road from Planning to Action, Supporting and Sustaining Your Effort:

Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in the San Diego Region Powerpoint Presentation and Position Paper

City of San Jose Affordable Housing and Homeless Programs Powerpoint Presentation

County of Santa Clara Office of Affordable Housing Handout

Philadelphia's Plan to Create Homes, Strengthen Communities and Improve Systems Powerpoint Presentation

Redevelopment Agency Resources: Key Concepts

Creative Funding Ideas: Key Concepts


Session Three - Adapting Key Emerging New Paradigm Components, How do you Manage Implementation?

Aligning Five Year, Ten Year, and 18-Month Strategies


Session 3A - Basic Housing Assistance Centers, Interim Housing, Targeted Transitional Housing, Services in Support of Access, Retention, Sustaining Housing

The Path Mall Approach: Integrated Supportive Services Powerpoint Presentation

Chicago's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness: Getting Housed, Staying Housed January 2005

Housing Assistance Centers: Key Concepts

Conversion: Key Concepts

Interim Housing: Key Concepts


Session 3B - Housing-Based Planning for Transition from Institutions

Coalition for the Homeless Handouts

Discharge Planning: Key Concepts


Session 3C - Housing First and Outreach and Engagement

Housing First: Key Concepts

Safe Havens: Key Concepts

Integrated Services: Key Concepts

Assertive Community Treatment Model: Key Concepts

Rental Assistance and Section 8 Rental Subsisdies: Key Concepts

Master Leasing: Key Concepts


Involving Homeless and Formerly Homeless Clients in Projects and Programs to Address Homelessness

Involving Homeless Clients