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Voices for 2020: Ending Family Homelessness Summary Report

Date: Oct 12, 2018
Author(s): Homeless Alliance of Western New York, Diane Bessell
Topic(s): Housing / Neighborhoods: Homelessness, Poverty / Income Inequality: General
Type: Report

Voices for 2020 was undertaken at the request of the Homeless Alliance of Western New York with the expressed goal of developing a clearer picture of the physical, psychological, social, and resource needs of homeless families living in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties. The project was developed in direct response to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness’s call to develop coordinated community responses to end homelessness among families with children which reflects the understanding of housing, health care, child care, education, and family service providers among many others.


The research team conducted focus groups with current and formerly homeless families as well as key informant interviews with local health and human service professionals, government representatives, funders, and other researchers to establish a preliminary understanding of the issues facing homeless families. The research team also completed an environmental scan and a profile of key programming needs, available resources, and gaps in service within these communities for use in strategic efforts.

Strategy recommendations are provided for use in educating elected officials and other decision-makers on the problem of family homelessness and to engage them in efforts to address it.