Ending Homelessness in America

July 21, 2015

By: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary

For a year, Bobbie was homeless. She was one of the half-million Americans who face the uncertainty, on any given day, about where they will find their next meal, where they can get care when they are sick, and where they will sleep at night.

Bobbie was lucky to find the Stout Street Health Center – a community health center in Denver, Colorado that provides integrated health care and housing support for the city’s homeless population.

She told a local reporter that without the men and women working in the health center, “I don’t know where I would be.”

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Stout Street Health Center and see the work they do for up to 18,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness every year.

What if we could guarantee that no more Americans would have to face what Bobbie did? What if, in just a few years, we could help the more than a million people including children, families and veterans who have no place to call home? What if we finally and completely ended homelessness in the United States?

These questions might sound audacious, but they are the commitments that the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness has made. I’m proud to serve as Vice Chair of the Council, which includes the Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development, Education, Labor, Veterans Affairs, and 14 other agencies. Together, we’re charting a path toward ending veteran homelessness by 2015, chronic homelessness by 2017, and family, youth, and child homelessness by 2020. And as I step into my role as Chair of the Council in 2016, I look forward to making sure that we meet these bold goals.

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