Homeless & Crisis Assistance

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.


WASHINGTON - February 23, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued guidance to better serve LGBT Americans seeking to obtain a home loan and transgender individuals seeking access to homeless shelters. These two sets of guidance will help clarify the Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Orientation or Gender Identity Rule (Equal Access Rule), which was published in 2012. The Equal Access Rule ensures that housing across HUD programs is open to all eligible individuals regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.

VA Announces $300 Million in Grants to Community Partners Working to End Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 16, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- Building on President Obama’s commitment to end veteran homelessness, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of $300 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and other groups that serve veterans through VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The SSVF program assists very low-income veteran families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The $300 million grants are available to current grantees seeking renewals

VA and Community Partners Release West Los Angeles Homeless Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 16, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- On January 28, 2015, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald and attorneys representing homeless veterans in Los Angeles announced a historic agreement that dedicates the West Los Angeles VA campus to serving veterans in need. The agreement is an important step forward in carrying out President Obama’s commitment that no veteran should live on the streets, or forego available medical and psychological services.

City Activates Freeze Plan for Homeless

NEW ORLEANS - February 3, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- The City is activating its Citywide Freeze Plan (CFP) overnight on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, as the National Weather Service forecasts the temperature or wind chill to fall below the plan’s activation threshold of 35 degrees. The City's freeze plan will be in effect to provide temporary shelter for homeless residents

CAP Report Shows Difficulties Faced by Transgender Homeless Youth

Washington, D.C. - February 3, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- Youth homelessness in America is nearing epidemic levels, and the problem among the transgender community is disproportionately acute. At least one in five transgender young people have experienced homelessness, and many of them have encountered discrimination, harassment, and abuse in shelters and other services meant to serve as safe spaces when there is nowhere else to go.

Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $169 Billion VA Budget

WASHINGTON - February 3, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- The President has proposed a $168.8 billion budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in fiscal year 2016. The proposed budget will support VA goals to expand access to timely, high quality health care and benefits, continue the transformation of VA into a Veteran-centric department and end homelessness among Veterans.

Homeless Programs: Mayor Announces $25 Million HUD Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 2, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded San Francisco $25.6 million in HUD’s Continuum of Care grants to fund 60 San Francisco-based organizations and a variety of housing and services including transitional and permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, street outreach, client assessment, and other services for families, victims of domestic violence, youth, and homeless veterans.