Homeless & Crisis Assistance

Homeless & Crisis Assistance


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) today announced the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States has been cut nearly in half since 2010.  The data revealed a 17-percent decrease in veteran homelessness between January 2015 and January 2016—quadruple the previous year’s annual decline—and a 47-percent decrease since 2010

Hensarling: New Law Modernizes Outdated Housing Rules

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) made the following comments after President Obama signed into law H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act

Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition,...

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) commends Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) for introducing the new, expanded Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2016.

VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans Releases H-PACT Program Report

The VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans has released a report on the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (H-PACT) model. H-PACT is a multi-disciplinary, population-based medical home model organized around the unique challenges homeless veterans face accessing and engaging in care. The H-PACT model addresses the multiple medical and social needs of these veterans in one setting by incorporating five core elements that distinguish it from traditional primary care models


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $24 million in grants to assist more than 1,200 low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families annually. These grants provide a combination of housing assistance and supportive services for this vulnerable population


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $5 million to 42 local public housing authorities across the country that are working aggressively to end veteran homelessness. HUD is awarding additional funds to help these housing authorities administer a joint program with HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which provides permanent homes and needed services to veterans experiencing long-term, chronic homelessness (see local funding below)

Sen. Murray Announces New Federal Housing Vouchers for Homeless Veterans in WA State

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of both the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced new resources to help homeless veterans secure stable housing and supportive services.

Mayor Bowser Kicks Off ‘June Housing Bloom’

Month-long initiative focuses on affordable housing, begins with major opportunity to develop 25 properties across the District. ayor Muriel Bowser launched the first annual ‘June Housing Bloom’, a month-long initiative that showcases how the public and private sectors are partnering to produce and preserve affordable housing, and revitalize neighborhoods across the District.

Two VA Employees Lauded For Their Work With Homeless Veterans

Two Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) employees were named finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medal, also known as the Sammies. The Sammies, called the “Oscars” of government service, are a highly respected public service honor named for the late founder of the non-profit organization,Partnership for Public Service. The awards align with his vision of a dynamic and innovative federal workforce that meets the needs of the American people.

CSH & Partners to NY: Expedite Plan to Create Affordable Housing

Our coalition of New York’s leading housing organizations applaud your recent approval of nearly $2 billion for affordable housing in the 2016-2017 state budget. Your commitment was a powerful step in advancing the State’s unprecedented $20 billion plan to build and preserve affordable housing and combat homelessness

From Homeless, Single Mother to Registered Nurse and Goodwill® Graduate of the Year

Tiarra Barrera-Hammond has faced many challenges over the past several years. During her early 20s, she had to start over in California. As a single mother with two young children, Tiarra faced more challenges than expected, including becoming homeless. She learned about a Goodwill® Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training program run by Goodwill, Serving the People of Los Angeles County (SOLAC) based in Long Beach. Determined to support herself and her family, Barrera-Hammond soon enrolled in the training program.


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro awarded $355 million to more than 1,200 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S. and Puerto Rico (see attached chart). These Continuum of Care (CoC) grants support the Obama Administration's efforts to end homelessness and build upon the $1.6 billion in funding HUD awarded through a first round of funding in March.

Health Care and Housing – Creating a Floor for Optimum Health (Webinar 1 of...

Health Care and Housing – Creating a Floor for Optimum Health, the first in a series of three webinars is brought to you by The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations (ORO), Region 10 (AK, ID, WA, OR). The webinar will take place on May 18, 2016, from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm PST (2:00 pm – 1:15 EST). This will be an open community of sharing with subject matter experts from Federal, State, and local agencies and community partners who provide care and service to homeless persons.

Webinar – Talking to Congress; Advocating for Homeless Veterans

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is hosting the webinar, “Talking to Congress; Advocating for Homeless Veterans”, on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm EDT. Communicating with your elected representatives in Congress can be a daunting task if you have never attempted it before, but it need not be. As constituents, and as providers of housing, employment, and other services to homeless veterans, you would be welcomed in the offices of your Senators and Representatives. Furthermore, the work you can do in these meetings can bear fruit for helping programs and veterans across the country.

2016 Alexander Prize to be Awarded to Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

The founder of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will be the recipient of the 2016 Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize from Santa Clara University School of Law. The award honors top legal advocates who have used their careers to help alleviate injustice and inequity.

VA Issues Guidance on Releasing Information About Homeless Veterans to Community Service Providers

The VHA Privacy Office, in collaboration with the VHA Homeless Program Office, after discussions with the VA Office of General Counsel, is issuing guidance regarding VHA’s legal authority to disclose Veteran information and demographics, which is considered protected health information (PHI), to community partners who assist in serving Veterans who are currently homeless or those with a prior episode of homelessness.

2016 National Conference on Ending Homelessness

Early registration for the 2016 National Conference on Ending Homelessness is now available. The conference will take place at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel from July 26 to 28, 2016.

HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the April 15, 2016, 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 31 states and Puerto Rico.

2016 National Conference on Ending Homelessness

The 2016 National Conference on Ending Homelessness will be held at: Renaissance Hotel, Downtown Washington DC, 999 Ninth Street, Washington, DC 20001

N Street Village Selected as Homeless Services Provider for the Patricia Handy Place for...

As part of the Bowser Administration’s all eight ward approach to transform the District’s response to homelessness and improve the quality and effectiveness of services, Mayor Bowser and partners today announced that District-based N Street Village will manage and operate the Patricia Handy Place for Women. The Patricia Handy Place for Women is a new facility that will serve as many as 213 women each night. N Street Village is known nationally as an innovator in homeless services with a track-record of empowering homeless and low-income women. Last month, Mayor Bowser along with DHS Director Laura Zeilinger and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans cut the ribbon on the new facility, which is set to open next month.


Affordable Housing Comes to U Street with the Funding of Portner...

On July 7th, the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) closed on the financing of an affordable housing development in one the District’s most sought after neighborhoods, the U Street Corridor. The Agency issued $27 million in short term DCHFA tax exempt bonds providing a portion of the funding for the acquisition of Portner Place and construction of Portner Flats (1440-1450 V Street, NW) located in Ward 1, one block west of The Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U Streets, NW


Capital Impact Partners Increases Access to Health Care, Education and Housing...

Capital Impact Partners announced today that it provided $52.5 million in financing to projects delivering social impact for underserved communities across the U.S. during the first half of 2016. In particular, second–quarter loans increased 55 percent over the same quarter in 2015. These loans support projects that increase access to housing, health care and education for low-income communities while also creating hundreds of jobs.