Homelessness is Solvable: Key Suggestions from Our Policy Forum
On June 14th, 2017, Care For the Homeless and the LIU Brooklyn MPA Program held a Policy Forum on Preventing and Ending Homelessness in New York City. Over 300 people came together to discuss how to prevent and end homelessness in New York City. The Forum included multiple panels and presentations on a range of pressing topics involving homelessness. It featured panelists who were educators, advocates, policy makers, service providers and experts in the field, including a number of people with the lived experience of homelessness.
The Policy and Advocacy team at Care For the Homeless and staff from LIU’s MPA program compiled a list of suggestions that were shared by the speakers and panelists during the Forum and the attendees who added their ideas to our suggestion box. It was our promise that we would put all the suggestions together on this list and circulate it to Forum participants and New York City policymakers. Some of these suggestions are small or very incremental, and others are big picture ideas. Many are long discussed concepts, but others are novel. Some are specific to the homelessness crisis in New York City, but many are also applicable to areas around the country or around the world.
Thank you to all who contributed! It is now up to each of us to work for the better public policies that we know can end homelessness as we know it!