At its fourth and final meeting of 2011, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness elected Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as the 2012 Chair. The meeting focused on advancements, strategies, and needs for addressing youth homelessness.
In a statement, Sebelius commented:
"While I'm proud to say we are making progress, homelessness remains a serious issue and there is more work to do. As I take on the role of Chair for the year ahead, I am looking forward to building on our current foundation as we work to end homelessness altogether. In these tough economic times, continued cross-agency collaboration is more important than ever to help those who are homeless."
At the meeting, Council members discussed the goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020 and learned more about the recent work done by an HHS-headed Interagency Group on Youth. The Group presented information on what is known about homeless youth, what is not yet known and about current resources available for this population.