The National Alliance to End Homelessness has written an information brief, Faith-Based Organizations: Fundamental Partners in Ending Homelessness, which summarizes the role churches and religious organizations have played in the effort to address the needs of people who are experiencing homelessness and housing instability. The brief highlights the fact that a significant percentage of emergency shelter beds, transitional, and supportive housing units are managed and operated by the faith-based community. It outlines opportunities to strengthen religious organization ties within Continuums of Care (CoCs) and as major partners in implementing the components of Coordinated Entry and Housing First. Religious organizations can also provide a service linkage to mainstream system resources. The brief concludes by highlighting some suggestions that CoCs, faith-based organizations, and the federal government can implement to better support the needs of those experiencing homelessness.
Click here to read the brief.