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Strategy involves setting goals, determining actions to achieve these goals, and mobilizing resources to implement the actions. If, as FEANTSA believes it should be, the goal of public policy is to reduce and ultimately end homelessness, then a strategy is required.

Strategies to address homelessness exist at different levels. As competence for providing homeless services is often at local level, local strategies play a key role in structuring how homelessness is dealt with in a given city or local area. National and/or regional governments can also play an important role by providing an overarching framework, which ideally will enable and support local authorities to tackle homelessness. National and regional homelessness strategies can determine shared policy goals, create a legal framework, provide access to resources, and support and guide local policy implementation.