Jul 19, 2012

Jake Maguire's picture Posted By Jake Maguire

Welcome to the 2.5 Percent Club!

Good news! Fifteen Campaign communities have joined the 2.5 Percent Club, an exclusive group of communities on track to end chronic and vulnerable homelessness!

This week, at the annual conference of the National Alliance to End Homelessness in Washington, DC, 100,000 Homes Campaign Director Becky Kanis took to the stage to challenge every community present to begin housing 2.5% of their chronic and vulnerable homeless neighbors each month. Doing so places communities squarely on track to end chronic and vulnerable homeless, bringing them much closer to meeting the goals of Opening Doors, the federal plan to end homelessness.

We calculate the baseline chronic and vulnerable homeless population for each community using data from the 2011 national Point in Time count as well as data on the number of vulnerable homeless people in each community (typically gathered from that community’s registry week).
By our calculations, once a community consistently achieves a 2.5%/month housing placement rate – of their total chronic and vulnerable population – they are on track to end chronic and vulnerable homelessness within four years.  

After explaining these details and issuing her challenge, Kanis announced 15 communities that are currently meeting or exceeding the 2.5% goal. As she invited leaders from each community to join her on stage, audience members began to applaud, growing increasingly loud and enthusiastic with each new name. As Kanis announced that the final community, Bergen County, NJ, is currently housing over 16% of its chronic and vulnerable homeless neighbors each month, the crowd erupted and rose to its feet.

We were thrilled to welcome the highest performing communities participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign into the 2.5 Percent Club, and we're counting on their leadership and expertise to help more communities make it in!

The following communities are currently members of the 2.5 Percent Club:

Arlington County, VA (led by Arlington County)
Bellflower, CA (led by Kingdom Causes Bellflower)
Charlotte, NC (led by the Urban Ministry Center)
Chattanooga, TN (led by the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition)
Denver, CO (led by Denver's Road Home)
North Hollywood/Sun Valley, CA (led by LA Family Housing)
Omaha, NE (led by the Metro Area Continuum of Care)
Philadelphia, PA (led by the City of Philadelphia)
Portland, OR (led by the Portland Housing Bureau)
Richmond, VA (led by Virginia Supportive Housing)
Shreveport/Bossier, LA (led by Hope for the Homeless)
Silverlake, CA (led by PATH)
Tulsa, OK (led by the Mental Health Association in Tulsa)
Whittier, CA (led by Whittier First Day)