77th Annual Meeting

ENDORSING BUSINESS PLANS AND STRATEGIES TO END HOMELESSNESS

WHEREAS, mayors are committed to and on the front lines of preventing and ending homelessness for individuals and families in our nation's cities; and

WHEREAS, well intentioned community responses to homelessness which are based on moral, spiritual, and humanitarian arguments have been insufficient over the past 25 years to create the political and community will necessary to end homelessness for our poorest neighbors; and

WHEREAS, 10 year business plans to end homelessness, innovated by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, introduce business principles and practices to local responses to homelessness, ensuring participation of all stakeholders, the investment of resources for results in field tested, evidence based strategies and innovations, and visible, measurable, quantifiable results that end homelessness for our neighbors; and

WHEREAS, the adoption of business plans has led to the identification of Mayors who are innovating new strategies that are field tested and evidence based and that reduce and end homelessness in cities across the country; and

WHEREAS, those innovations include cost benefit analysis, Community Champions for Ten Year Plans, Housing First/Rapid Rehousing, and Project Homeless Connect, the one-day, one stop for homeless people now established in more than 200 cities; and

WHEREAS, further included among those innovations is the National Summit for Jurisdictional Leaders convened annually by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness to provide jurisdictional partners with the rapid dissemination of innovative ideas and measurable results promised by the Council; and

WHEREAS, the National Partnership created by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has brought together 20 federal agencies, 53 governors of states and territories, and over 1,000 elected officials with more than 350 Ten Year Plans to End Homelessness; and

WHEREAS, first-ever decreases in chronic homelessness were reported nationally in 2008 with data that showed an overall 12% decrease and a 30% decrease in street and chronic homelessness, as a result of Mayors embracing the business plan approach to end homelessness; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors encourages Mayors to support and lead the implementation of and investment in jurisdictional Ten Year Business Plans to End Homelessness in partnership with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors commends the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness for innovating the Business Plan Approach to Ending Homelessness; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Mayors will encourage the involvement of leaders of the business community in supporting and implementing their jurisdictional Ten Year Plans; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors encourages Mayors, their 10 Year Plan Leaders, and Community Champions to participate in Council-inspired national and regional events that offer rapid dissemination and peer-to-peer opportunities for jurisdictional leaders to exchange best practices and identify innovations furthering results-oriented Business Plans to End Homelessness.