Learn about Within Our Reach: Our Community’s Commitment to Prevent and End Homelessness. Arlington’s newest strategic plan is the successor to the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. It lays out the three-year strategies for continuing our work to reduce the number of persons who experience homelessness, and to be able to assist those who do become homeless to return to housing stability as quickly as possible. You can also view the presentation from the Community Meeting on Homelessness which recaps many of the highlights of the past decade and issues that will be addressed in the new strategic plan.
Arlington’s Action Plan to End Homelessness was launched in 2008 with a consortium of more than 100 stakeholders from public, private and faith-based community organizations. The plan’s primary goal is that no individual or family shall lack access to decent, affordable housing.
What are the strategies we are using to make that happen?
- INCREASE: Housing affordability
- MOVE: Individuals and families from the streets and shelters quickly into permanent, stable housing
- PROVIDE: The vital services that households need to maintain their housing
- PREVENT: Homelessness at every opportunity
Action Plan Committees
Action Plan committees and an executive committee support implementation of goals by ensuring that best practice solutions are used within the continuum of care (CoC). Best practice approaches being implemented include:
- Coordinated intake and assessment
- Outcome-focused and data-driven decision making
- Permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless
- Rapid re-housing for families and individuals.
Action Plan committees work in concert to ensure that available federal, state and local resources are used strategically to meet the needs of Arlington homeless households and those at risk of becoming homeless. Arlington County’s CoC Governance Charter outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Arlington County CoC, the CoC Leadership Board, the CoC Executive Committee, CoC Subcommittees, the CoC Lead Agency and Collaborative Applicant and the HMIS Lead. This document can be found here.
The Arlington County CoC has compiled a list of resources to help CoC program recipients and subrecipients maintain compliance with HUD and CoC requirements:
- Links to Helpful Resources
- Monitoring Guide
- Centralized Access System Policies and Procedures (Housing First Principles/Client Bill of Rights)
- Arlington County Coc Governance Charter
- Arlington County CoC HMIS Governance
- Educational Rights Policy
- Environmental Review Guidance
- Client Records Checklist
Zero: 2016: Arlington is one of over 70 communities to have been chosen to participate in the Built for Zero initiative to end veteran and chronic homelessness. Having achieved and sustained “functional zero” for Veteran homelessness in December 2015. The Arlington County CoC is currently in the final mile of ending chronic homelessness.