Opening Doors

Opening Doors

Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

Presented to the Office of the President and Congress on June 22, 2010, Opening Doorsis the nation’s first comprehensive Federal strategy to prevent and end homelessness. The Plan includes 10 objectives, five themes, and 66 strategies that guide the nation toward accomplishing all four goals of the Plan. Opening Doorsserves as a roadmap for coordinated, joint action among the 19 USICH member agencies that make up the Council, along with local and state partners in the public and private sectors.

In June of 2015, Opening Doors was amended to reaffirm the strategies that continue to prove effective in preventing and ending homelessness and add additional strategies that we have learned in the last five years are critical to success. The 2015 Amendment encompasses much of the original Plan, but with some additions and clarifications that further strengthen its value as a living blueprint for action. 

The Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board stands fully committed to promoting and achieving the strategic goals of Opening Doors: 

  • Finish the job of ending chronic homelessness by 2017;
  • Prevent and end Veterans homelessness by 2015;
  • Prevent and end homelessness for families, youth, and children by 2020; and
  • Set a path to end all types of homelessness


What It Means to End Homelessness: 

An end to homelessness does not mean that no one will ever experience a housing crisis again. Changing economic realities, the unpredictability of life and unsafe or unwelcoming family environments may create situations where individuals, families, or youth could experience or be at-risk of homelessness.

An end to homelessness means that every community will have a systematic response in place that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible or is otherwise a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience.

Specifically, every community will have the capacity to:

  • Quickly identify and engage people at-risk of and experiencing homelessness.
  • Intervene to prevent the loss of housing and divert people from entering the homelessness services system.
  • Provide immediate access to shelter and crisis services, without barriers to entry, while permanent stable housing and appropriate supports are being secured.
  • When homelessness does occur, quickly connect people to housing assistance and services—tailored to their unique needs and strengths—to help them achieve and maintain stable housing. 
Source: United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2015.