Homelessness is a national and local problem. A Housing first approach is promising, but the limits of housing availability and transient nature of many homeless people make the issue particularly challenging.

City and county agencies must tightly coordinate to adequately manage the situation. To tackle homelessness, we have to encourage more housing and more connectivity between that housing and needed services.

Creativity, and a commitment to collaborate are essential to confronting the challenge. But if we do take it on together, many advocates for homelessness believe we can cut the number of chronically homeless--those experiencing homelessness for more than a year--by 50%.