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Strategies for Reducing Chronic Street Homelessness Final Report Prepared for: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Policy Development and Research Prepared by: Martha R. Burt, UI John Hedderson, WRMA Janine Zweig, UI Mary Jo Ortiz, WRMA Laudan Aron-Turnham, UI Sabrina M. Johnson, WRMA Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc. (WRMA) Sacramento, CA The Urban Institute (UI) Washington, DC January 2004
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Many individuals have assisted us on this project; we would especially like to thank the following: x The researchers and program administrators who nominated potential sites. x The on-site people we interviewed individually, in meetings and in focus groups who shared their time, information, and insights with us. x Our advisory team members, Donald J. Baumann, Deborah Dennis, Linda Gibbs, Jean L. Hochron, Mark Hurwitz, Natalie Hutcheson, Pam Michell, Pat Morgan, Ann O’Rielly, and Robert A. Rosenheck, who have contributed their time, knowledge, and expertise. x Marina Myhre, our project Government Technical Representative from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), who has provided us with helpful support, observations and thoughts throughout the study. Other HUD staff members who have also provided acute comments on the projects research design, data analysis and report include Paul Dornan, Marge Martin, and Kevin Neary from the Office of Policy Development and Research, and Mark Johnston from the Office of Community Planning and Development. In addition, we would like to acknowledge the work completed by the following Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc. staff: Deborah Bass Rubenstein was fully involved in the early stages of this project, especially the research design and screening of sites; Charles Wheeler assisted in the report review; Gayleen Lentsch was in charge of report production; Cheryl Reed coordinated travel arrangements; Maricela Leyva-Perez and Jamie Vang provided administrative support. We appreciate the significant contributions that the above individuals made to carrying out the research and writing of this report, and they are not responsible for any remaining errors or omissions. The findings and views herein are those of the contractors and authors. The contents of this report are the views of the contractor and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or the U.S. Government.
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xiii EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Why This Study Is Important The goal of ending chronic homelessness has achieved national prominence in a very short time. It was first articulated in July 2000, when the National Alliance to End Homelessness included it as part of its ten-year plan to end homelessness altogether. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Mel Martinez announced his agency’s acceptance of this goal in his keynote speech at the National Alliance’s 2001 conference one year later. Then President Bush made “ending chronic homelessness in the next decade a top objective” in his FY
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