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.
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