Conference Presentations from 5.7 Shelter Diversion and Prevention for Families at the 2013 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness
This resource describes the "point-in-time counts" – the regular count of people experiencing homelessness. The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires communities to submit these counts as part of their application for federal homeless assistance funds.
Diversion is a strategy that prevents homelessness for people seeking shelter by immediately identifying alternate housing arrangements. Diversion programs can reduce family homelessness, demand for shelter beds, and program wait lists.
There is some troubling evidence that homelessness is increasing among elderly adults. In this report, the Homelessness Research Institute presents this evidence and projects that homelessness among the elderly population will increase by 33 percent by 2020, and more than double by 2050.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness has published this guide and companion to help organizations create a homelessness prevention program or improve an existing prevention program.