77th Annual Meeting


WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has been partnered with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness ("the Council") under the leadership of its Executive Director Philip F. Mangano since 2002; and

WHEREAS, under his leadership, the Council was revitalized from dormancy, was infused with a vision and strategy shaped by his experience in the field, and reframed the national response to homelessness, ensuring that the federal government worked in an inductive partnership with local communities; and

WHEREAS, with his strategic vision, every level of government and the private sector has been joined in a working partnership that begins in the White House and extends to the streets of local communities, passing through State Houses, City Halls, and County Buildings in a transformational partnership built on increased targeted resources invested in jurisdictional Ten Year Plans that implement innovations that are field-tested and evidence-based; and

WHEREAS, recognizing that no one level of government could solve the problem alone, the Council constellated a national partnership which now includes 20 Federal agencies, 53 Governors of states and territories who have created State Interagency Councils on Homelessness, and more than 1,000 Mayors and County Executives who are partnered in more than 350 strategic Ten Year Plans to end the homelessness of those who are the most vulnerable and disabled on our streets and in our shelters; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors since 2002 has been a strong partner in the creation of strategic Ten Year Plans led by jurisdictional elected officials, shaped by community stakeholders, oriented to business principles and practices, and measured by results in reducing homelessness; and

WHEREAS, over 450 Mayors and other elected officials have signed the America's Road Home Statement of Principles and Action, resolving to work together in a national partnership of every level of government and the private sector, with cities and counties and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness to identify and adopt innovative initiatives to reduce and end homelessness; and

WHEREAS, his tireless efforts to build partnership have taken him to every state in the U.S., to communities large and small, where he has made more than 1,000 speeches, and met with elected officials, local Chambers of Commerce, United Way chapters, Business Improvement Districts, and people experiencing homelessness; and

WHEREAS, during his tenure targeted federal resources for preventing and ending homelessness increased to record levels for eight consecutive years, nearly doubling between 2000 and 2009 to more than $5 billion; and

WHEREAS, during his tenure the first documented national decrease in homelessness was achieved, a 30% decrease in street and chronic homelessness and a 12% overall decrease between 2005 and 2007; and

WHEREAS, under his leadership the Council encouraged a consumer oriented approach that involved homeless and formerly homeless people as customers in decision making; and that emphasis led to the identification by consumers of the central antidote to homelessness: housing; and

WHEREAS, under his leadership the Council supported a Housing First approach, the rapid rehousing of homeless people with support services as the central strategy of strategic planning; and that approach is now the prevalent strategy to reduce homelessness, not only in the United States, but in countries around the world; and

WHEREAS, under his leadership the Council affirmed, supported, and made visible innovative initiatives that are now central to strategic thinking and planning, wherein innovators from across the nation have offered remedies to cure the disgrace; and

WHEREAS, under his leadership the Council has rapidly disseminated these life enhancing and saving ideas through City Focus Groups, State Colloquies, and National Summits, and the extraordinary work of the Council's Regional Coordinators; and the Council's "faculty of innovators," drawn from across the country and beyond, who were central in the disseminating process; and

WHEREAS, in identifying what is achieving results in preventing and ending homelessness, the partnership, investment, and innovation of communities across the country became the focus of an international dialogue under his leadership; and

WHEREAS, under his leadership the Council worked to move the national dialogue and response from good intentions and well-meaning programs to innovative solutions informed by cost studies and cost benefit analysis documenting the economic impact of homelessness, with the result that nothing has impacted political will more than the Council's encouragement and dissemination of the economic consequences of homelessness; and NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes and commends Philip F. Mangano for his 29 years of working to prevent and end homelessness; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes the strategic acumen, vision, and leadership that he brings to his work and his consistent and tireless commitment to partnership with elected officials and results for our poorest neighbors; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors affirms the results documented from the seven years of his federal service, including to two Presidents as the Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, in revitalizing the Council, and through relentless advocacy and expansive partnership with elected officials to advance a bipartisan abolitionist agenda to reduce and end the moral disgrace of homelessness; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors conveys its best wishes to Philip F. Mangano as his mission to abolish the human tragedy and long misery of homelessness moves forward.