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USICH’s New Brief Highlights Strategies for Strengthening Emergency Shelters

27 September 2017
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Key Considerations for Implementing Emergency Shelter within an Effective Crisis Response System provides an overview of the role of emergency shelters within a community’s crisis response system. The brief, created by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, identifies four areas that a community can use to assess the strength and impact of its emergency shelters. These include: 

  • Ensuring that individuals who are seeking shelters feel respected.
  • Diverting people from the homelessness system whenever possible. 
  • Fostering low-barrier access to shelters and promoting a Housing First approach.
  • Using shelters to serve as a pathway for clients to access housing resources.

The brief concludes by providing a checklist that communities can use to determine whether their emergency shelters address the needs of those who are experiencing homelessness. 

Click here to read the brief.