New name, mission for homeless prevention efforts

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Strategies to End Homelessness has announced its change in name and mission for the new year.

Strategies to End Homelessness, formerly The Cincinnati/Hamilton County Continuum of Care for the Homeless, was originally created to facilitate the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care funding process. The organization's scope of work has been expanded as it now leads a coordinated community effort to end homelessness within Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The change went into effect on Jan. 1.

Since its inception in 2007, End Homelessness has collaborated with local organizations on homelessness prevention efforts, led systematic planning efforts such as the Homeless to Homes initiative, facilitated community processes to allocate funding for homeless services and housing and operated the Central Access Point, the community's centralized intake and referral service.

"We want to solve homelessness by preventing those at risk from becoming homeless, by providing a high level of service to those who are currently homeless, and by ensuring that people who exit homelessness do not become homeless again," said Kevin Finn, Executive Director of Strategies to End Homelessness. "We do not want to manage homelessness; we want to end it."

End Homelessness has monitored the progress of each initiative by utilizing hard data-tracking to determine the success of each program. "Strategies to End Homelessness" was adopted to better reflect its central mission, as well as the mission of its many partners, in the systemic coordination of homelessness prevention, services and housing.

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