The 25 Cities Initiative
LOCATION: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Riverside, Tucson, Phoenix, Denver, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.
PURPOSE: In March 2014, Rapid Results Institute helped to launch a multi-year, multi-agency effort to help 25 communities across the United States to end Veteran Homelessness by December 2015. The 25 Cities Initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and we are honored to be partnered with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Community Solutions, Atlas Research, and local community partners in working to meet this ambitious, yet realistic goal.
In order to make a significant impact, our federal partners selected 25 Cities across the country with the highest populations of homeless Veterans. Now, along with our partners at Community Solutions and Atlas Research, we will work with these cities through December 2015 to accelerate their housing of homeless Veterans and chronically homeless individuals. Our aim is to help each city build, test, and strengthen more coordinated and integrated systems at the local level, which will lead to a more efficient use of time and resources towards reaching the December 2015 goal.
The 25 Cities Initiative was officially launched on March 27th and 28th, 2014 when leadership teams from each of the 25 Cities convened in Washington, D.C. Over 250 people attended the event and worked rigorously to lay the groundwork for local 100-day projects in each of the 25 Cities. In May and June of 2014, teams launched a local Community Design Workshop to design/strengthen their Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) system, as well as set 100-day goals around building and testing that system. They are now refining their coordinated systems and continuing to accelerate their housing placement needs.
We would like to thank The Home Depot Foundation for graciously sponsoring this initiative.
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