- Research, Evaluation, and Best Practices
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Date Published: June 2016
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and its 19 federal member agencies have developed specific criteria and benchmarks for communities to use as they take action toward goals set forth in Opening Doors. Criteria and benchmarks work together to provide a complete picture of a community’s response to homelessness. While the criteria focus on describing essential elements and accomplishments of the community’s response, a benchmark serves as an indicator of whether and how effectively that system is working. These criteria and benchmarks represent the best thinking of USICH and their federal member agencies at this time. USICH will continue to review and evaluate their effectiveness as more communities approach and succeed in meeting these goals.