Seven cities across the country are working toward ending long-term or chronic homelessness and providing the rest of the nation with new approaches to better house and serve their most vulnerable citizens, according to a report released today by Housing and Urban Development Acting Secretary Alphonso Jackson. HUD's study, "Strategies for Reducing Chronic Street Homelessness," focused on homeless assistance programs in Birmingham, Ala.; Boston; Columbus, Ohio; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; San Diego; and Seattle. In each city, HUD found local leaders and homeless assistance providers who are fundamentally changing their traditional approaches toward serving those living on their streets. Prepared by the research firms, Walter R. McDonald & Associates of Sacramento, Calif., and the Urban Institute of Washington, D.C., the report found most chronically homeless individuals never graduate beyond the emergency shelter environment and that conventional strategies generally do not fully...
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