Action Plan for Ending Homelessness

What's underway? 

Arlington County’s homeless response system is guided by its’ strategic plan (the successor of the 10 year Plan to End Homelessness) Within Our Reach: Our Community’s Commitment to Prevent and End Homelessness, lays out strategies for continued work to reduce the number of persons who experience homelessness, and to assist those who do experience homelessness return to housing stability as quickly as possible.

In February of 2021 and as the three-year plan was meeting its deadline, the Continuum of Care determined to amend and extend the existing strategic plan an additional 18 months. Given the sweeping changes to homeless systems across the Country and the local impacts resulting from the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CoC chose to double-down on its existing priorities and to prioritize continued efforts to prevent and respond to the health and housing needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The CoC’s recommendation included:

  • A commitment to it existing principles, goals and strategies already named Within Our reach
  • Elevating and addressing critical gaps identified in an analysis of work done to date and underway:
    • Racial Equity
    • Immigrant and Refugee Households
    • Aging Population
    • COVID-19
Areas of particular need outlined in our plan: Strategies we are using:
  • Disproportionate number of African Americans experiencing homelessness
  • Employment
  • Family Homelessness
  • Youth Homelessness
  • Aging Population
  • Immigrant Households
  • Domestic Violence
  • Increasing housing affordability 
  • Moving individuals and families from homelessness to permanent, stable housing as quickly as possible
  • Providing vital services that people need to maintain their housing
  • Preventing homelessness at every opportunity

Action Plan Committees

Action Plan committees and an executive committee support implementation of goals by ensuring that best practice solutions are used within the continuum of care (CoC). Best practice approaches being implemented include:

  • Coordinated intake and assessment
  • Outcome-focused and data-driven decision making
  • Permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless
  • Rapid re-housing for families and individuals.

Action Plan committees work in concert to ensure that available federal, state and local resources are used strategically to meet the needs of Arlington homeless households and those at risk of becoming homeless. Arlington County’s CoC Governance Charter outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Arlington County CoC, the CoC Leadership Board, the CoC Executive Committee, CoC Subcommittees, the CoC Lead Agency and Collaborative Applicant and the HMIS Lead. This document can be found here.


The Arlington County CoC has compiled a list of resources to help CoC program recipients and subrecipients maintain compliance with HUD and CoC requirements:


Zero: 2016: Arlington is one of over 70 communities to have been chosen to participate in the Built for Zero initiative to end veteran and chronic homelessness. Having achieved and sustained “functional zero” for Veteran homelessness in December 2015. The Arlington County CoC is currently in the final mile of ending chronic homelessness.


You Can Help

Many community organizations have joined together to end homelessness in Arlington, and they can all use your help. Click here to learn about volunteering with Action Plan partners.