The Catholic Health Association of the United States has announced that partners in the Housing First Initiative will soon have developed sufficient Permanent Supportive Housing stock and rental assistance vouchers  to meet their goal of functional zero for chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County in 2020.

Partners in the Housing First Initiative include EDEN, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services, Enterprise Community Partners, CHN Housing Partners, FrontLine Service, and the Veterans Administration.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a person is identified as being chronically homeless when they have been homeless for a year or more, or three times in the past four years totaling at least 365 days. Getting to “functional zero” of chronic homelessness means that when the number of those who are identified as chronically homeless is no greater than the monthly housing placement rate for this population. In other words, there may still be people who experience chronic homelessness, but as long as they can be identified and re-housed in a designated time frame, the chronic homeless rate will be effectively zero.

For more, read on at the Catholic Health Association of the United States.