Homeless & Crisis Assistance


Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $29 million in grants to help approximately 1,200 extremely low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS annually.  These grants provide a combination of housing assistance and supportive services for this vulnerable population

AIA Design Competition Creates Portable, Temporary Housing for the Homeless

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community developed “A SAFE PLACE” design competition, asking architects and architecture students to design a discreet, compact and efficient shelter for the homeless. The goal of this design competition is to develop a simple, safe and secure place for an individual to sleep and secure their belongings.

Habitat for Humanity removes earthquake rubble, assembles shelter kits to help families in Nepal

As many families in Nepal continue to struggle to find safe shelter one week after a devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake rocked the region, Habitat for Humanity teams have begun to safely remove rubble, as well as assemble shelter kits to help families left homeless or without adequate shelter

Rental Inflation Drives Homelessness and Housing Instability for the Poor

This week the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economonic Analysis (BEA) released its “Personal Income and Outlays” report for March, 2015, which showed that the price index for personal consumption expenditures rose by just 0.3% from one year earlier (1.3% when food and energy are excluded).  What is striking about this extremely low inflation rate is that the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that rents were up 3.5% in March from a year before

CAP’s Laura Durso on Senate Failure to Protect Homeless LGBT Youth in Human Trafficking Bill

Laura E. Durso, Director of the Center for American Progress’ LGBT Research and Communications Project, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate failed to include reauthorization of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, or RHYA, as an amendment to the human trafficking prevention legislation currently being considered. The amendment, sponsored by Sens.


In the ongoing effort to end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced nearly $65 million to help more than 9,300 homeless veterans find a permanent place to call home. The rental assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.

Preventing and Ending Veteran Homelessness

The President has pledged not just to address veteran homelessness, but to end it. The Administration has made historic investments, using proven strategies in partnership between HUD and VA, to achieve this goal.  We’ve helped veterans and their families access rapid rehousing when falling into homelessness, and have aided chronically homeless veterans in stabilizing their lives through permanent supportive housing, which – in addition to serving those veterans – generates public sector savings exceeding the cost of the intervention

Matthew Doherty Named Executive Director of U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced today that Matthew Doherty has been named Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). “With over 22 years of experience working to prevent and end homelessness with local communities across the country and across a wide variety of sectors, Matthew brings a unique background to the position that will serve USICH, the Council, and all people experiencing homelessness well,” said Secretary Perez, who serves as the Chair of the Council.

DOL-VETS Releases SGA for HVRP Grants

The Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) has released a Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP). Funding of $4 million is available to provide an estimated 2,000 veterans with job-driven training for in-demand jobs to help them successfully transition from homelessness to sustainable housing and good civilian jobs. Homeless veterans may receive occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services


In the spirit of the Easter season, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and her son today joined Assemblywoman Donna Simon and the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP) to serve Easter meals to individuals and families in need in Somerset County.

VA Announces New SSVF Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of nearly $93 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) three-year grants that will help approximately 45,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 24 nonprofit agencies in 15 communities, with $30 million in awards being distributed to the Los Angeles area

VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of nearly $93 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) 3-year grants that will help approximately 45,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 24 non-profit agencies in 15 communities, with $30 million in awards being distributed to the Los Angeles area.

The Carrington Companies Continue To Support Custom Home Builds for Wounded Veterans with 11 Homes Planned for 2015

The organization continues to directly support the custom Smart Home building initiative for severely wounded Heroes of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts with 11 homes planned for 2015, four of which are currently under construction.

Greenbrier Village Settles Lawsuit Alleging Unlawful Discrimination Against Families with Children in Violation of Fair Housing Act

Washington, DC – March 20, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Department of Justice today announced a settlement agreement between the United States, the Greenbrier Village Homeowner’s Association Inc. (Greenbrier), Gassen Company Inc. (Gassen) and an individual Gassen employee to resolve a lawsuit filed on Nov. 25, 2013. The lawsuit alleged that Greenbrier and Gassen unlawfully discriminated against [...]

Mayor Muriel Bowser Partners with Montgomery and Prince George’s County Execs to Tackle Homelessness

Mayor Muriel Bowser, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III joined forces at the Regional Summit on Homelessness today. The event was organized by area leadership as a call to action to funders, developers, banks, employers, landlords, service providers, schools, institutes of higher learning, and community members to join in the work to end homelessness.

As Congress Delays Protecting Homeless LGBT Youth, CAP Outlines Ways the HHS Administration for Children and Families Could Improve Services Right Now

With the Senate still debating anti-human trafficking legislation that would also provide much-needed services to runaway and homeless youth, particularly those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, or LGBT, through an amendment reauthorizing the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, the Center for American Progress has released a column outlining ways in which the Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, can act independently to make an immediate difference for LGBT homeless young people

Mayor Urged to Sign Indianapolis Homeless Bill of Rights

Indianapolis Passes Groundbreaking Homeless Bill of Rights WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, March 2nd, Indianapolis, Indiana became the first city in the nation to pass a full scale homeless bill of rights to protect homeless people from common forms of discrimination. The law, modeled on similar legislation enacted at the state level in Rhode Island, [...]

HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 2, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Feb. 27, 2015, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in Wyoming

NCHV Responds to VA Secretary’s Apology

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 25, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- As many of you may have read, in January at the Point in Time Count in Los Angeles, Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald made a mistake when he misstated the details of his military service. While we do not condone that misstatement, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) would rather the community focus on what the Secretary intended to do: he was making an effort to connect to a homeless veteran who had shared personal information about an important period in his life

National Architecture + Planning Firm KTGY Expands Los Angeles 55+ Studio to Accommodate Rising Demand

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - February 24, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- Award-winning national architecture and planning firm KTGY Group, Inc., has added 55+ housing industry veteran Doug Ahlstrom as a director to lead and expand the firm's Los Angeles 55+ Studio. With over 35 years of programming, planning, design and construction experience in the age-appealing, age-targeted and service-enriched seniors industry, Ahlstrom has directed and overseen the design of high-end as well as affordable and market rate assisted living and independent care communities, Alzheimer’s/memory support, adult day care, seniors' special needs and community wellness centers. Ahlstrom most recently served as a director of seniors housing at KEPHART and a principal with Professional Design Consultants.