The homeless system in DuPage County has been affected by a multitude of factors including poverty, employment, housing, migration, and the economy. There are currently many challenges in DuPage County that affect the homeless service system and have put people in a variety of unstable situations. The rate of cost burdened renter households has increased significantly in DuPage County and the growth in demand for services and affordable housing has outpaced existing resources.
The DuPage County Continuum of Care was an early leader nationally and locally in the development and implementation of its 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness (the Plan). Work on the Plan began in 2003. In October of 2007, the DuPage County CoC hired the Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty to conduct an evaluation and to facilitate a planning process to inform the update of the Plan. The results of this evaluation are captured in the report below:
DuPage County Plan to End Homelessness
In 2010, Opening Doors, the nation’s first comprehensive federal strategy to prevent and end homelessness was presented to the Office of the President and Congress. The plan has been updated and amended in 2012 and 2015 to reflect what has been learned during the past six years. The goals of this strategy include:
- Prevent and end homelessness among Veterans in 2015
- Finish the job of ending chronic homelessness in 2017
- Prevent and end homelessness for families with children and youth in 2020
- Set a path to ending all types of homelessness
An end to homelessness means that every community will have a systematic response in place that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible, or if it can’t be prevented, it is a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience.
For additional information on Opening Doors, please click on the link below: