Homeless Response Systems Mapping

Homeless Response Systems Mapping

Highlighting paths to safe, permanent housing

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Over 580K
Experience Homelessness Nightly

In 2020, over 580,000 people in the United States experienced homelessness on a single night (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2020). Unfortunately, related services networks do not have enough resources to help all people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Some health issues are more common among people experiencing homelessness. They include:

  • Mental and substance use disorders, which are found disproportionately more often in LGBTQ+ and Black youth (Fraser et al., 2019; Narendorf, 2017)
  • Trauma, adverse childhood experiences, and victimization (Phipps et al., 2019; Kim et al., 2018).

Our Solution

The Homeless Response Systems Mapping is a targeted mapping event. It focuses on identifying and developing community-based responses to homelessness. The mapping does this by planning around critical intersections. The right supports and services at the right time can help prevent homelessness, or connect people experiencing homelessness with stable, safe housing. It takes collaboration to achieve this kind of support. State and local governments must coordinate their work with local non-profits and community organizations. Working together allows them to reach essential goals, including:

  • Stabilizing housing for those at risk of homelessness
  • Connecting individuals and families experiencing homelessness with services
  • Helping people move from using homeless services to living in appropriate and safe permanent housing.

The Homeless Response Systems Mapping helps participants make a plan aimed at these targets.