Opening Doors for Opportunity: Report on Homelessness in Bristol County (August, 2016)
The South Coast Regional Network to End Homelessness aligns with the Federal Vision to end homelessness as outlined in Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. The Plan states, “No one should experience homelessness-no one should be without a safe, stable place to call home.”
Homelessness continues to be a major issue in Bristol County that is getting worse. This plan intends to lay the foundation to turn the trends around. While individual homelessness had been decreasing in earlier years, there was a significant increase (33%) between 2013 and 2014. From 2014 to 2015, there was a large spike in both individual and family homelessness - an overall increase of nearly 18% in one year. From 2015 to 2016, there was an additional 10% increase, although there has been a small drop in family homelessness.
Through this Plan, SoCo moves from a partnership to a united influence to reduce, prevent, and eliminate homelessness for individuals and families in Bristol County. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness will serve as the framework for the region to evaluate the interventions being used, and to improve the services we provide.
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