News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Restorative Policing: Enhancing Public Safety For All 

Through its Restorative Policing model, the Santa Barbara Police Department directly engages with individuals experiencing chronic homelessness to provide a link to housing and social services.

Police Chief Lori Luhnow explains how the model aims for a more holistic, coordinated approach between law enforcement, social service agencies, business and community leaders, and housing providers.

Partners Conference Focuses on Core Principles of 
Housing First Systems 

This year's Housing First Partners Conference delved into maintaining program integrity, promoting choice, and building partnerships, by offering a platform for people from across the homelessness sector to connect.

Policy Director Lindsay Knotts shares her takeaways from the conference. 

Initiative Sparks Change in Local Approach to Racial Equity in the Work to End Homelessness 

The SPARC initiative focuses on supporting communities to respond to the root causes of housing instability, risk for homelessness, and barriers to exiting homelessness for people of color.
Melissa Marrone, director of the Housing and Homeless Coalition of Central New York, describes how the initiative has changed the way organizations in Syracuse are engaging in the work to end homelessness.

Brief Outlines the Evidence Regarding Chronic Homelessness 

Launched in 2017, the
Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness is dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness by connecting research to practice, including by synthesizing the evidence base. 

A new research brief on chronic homelessness by Dennis Culhane discusses how our understanding of chronic homelessness has evolved, current evidence on how to prevent and end chronic homelessness, gaps in our knowledge, and implications for policy and practice. 
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 301 7th Street, SW, Room 2080, Washington, DC 20407