Although not a federal mandate, HUD has urged COCs to develop and adopt 10-Year Plans to Prevent and End Homelessness in their community. With the purpose of serving as a community plan to organize and deliver housing services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximize self sufficiency, action steps are created and assigned to key community groups that help implement the strategies to end homelessness and prevent a return to homelessness.
The Chester County Department of Community Development has initiated the process of developing Chester County’s first Continuum of Care 10-Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Through a series of community meetings and the development of core working groups, DCD is helping to facilitate an inventory of mainstream resources for homeless populations and the organization of such resources in order to support the strategies that are developed in the context of existing homeless. The purpose of the 10-Year Plan is to develop a County-wide coordination plan for the provision of homeless prevention and shelter services.
Major goals include: