New Homeless Plan for D.C. Aims for Post-Pandemic Reset

Washington, D.C. is looking to build on some past success, and recover from some setbacks, with the adoption of a new plan to address homelessness called Homeward 2.0.

July 19, 2021, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Washington D.C.

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"Mayor Muriel Bowser last week released the next five-year phase of her plan to end homelessness entirely in the District by 2025," reports Chelsea Cirruzzo.

The new plan, called Homeward 2.0, will have to work extra hard to overcome the setbacks dealt during the pandemic to an earlier version of the plan.

"Authored by the Interagency Council on Homelessness, the plan recommends further investment in permanent supportive housing, a program that provides chronically homeless people who meet certain eligibility requirements with a long-term housing subsidy," explains Cirruzzo. "It also introduces a focus on racial equity, a guiding principle born out of lessons learned from the original plan. And while D.C. has been relatively successful in its approach to housing families, advances in tackling single individual homelessness have lagged, prompting a sharper focus in the new plan."

More background and insight on Homeward 2.0 are included in the source article.

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