Homeless & Crisis Assistance

Homeless & Crisis Assistance

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.

Representative Waters Introduces Emergency Relief Legislation to End Homelessness

Last week, House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced the Ending Homelessness Act of 2016, H.R. 4888, which would provide $13.27 billion over five years to housing and services programs with the goal of ending homelessness in America. Announcing her new legislation, Representative Waters argued that homelessness is not an insurmountable problem but requires “the political will to put the necessary resources behind the solutions we know will work” and called on Democrats and Republicans to come together to end the homelessness crisis through increased resources.

Lack of Housing for 7.2 Million of Lowest Income Renters

The Gap: The Affordable Housing Gap Analysis 2016, a new report released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), paints a bleak picture of the nation’s growing affordable housing crisis. The reports finds that there is a shortage of 7.2 million affordable and available rental units for America’s 10.4 million extremely low income (ELI) renter households, those in the bottom 30% of income in their communities.1<

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today awarded $1.6 billion in grants to provide funding to 6,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today awarded $1.6 billion in grants to provide funding to 6,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 


Michael Gables is not a big coffee drinker, but one of the first things he bought when he moved into his new apartment was a coffeepot from a church rummage sale.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition Applauds President’s Request for Resources to Address Homelessness

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) applauds President Obama’s request for almost $11 billion in new funding over ten years to address homelessness in the United States. In his FY17 budget proposal sent to Congress today, the President is asking for the resources to continue his commitment to ending homelessness that he made in the second year of his Administration.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today unveiled President Obama’s proposed HUD Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 which is focused on helping Americans to secure and maintain, affordable housing, ending homelessness, making our communities more resilient from natural disasters and protecting people from housing discrimination. HUD’s work is critical to the Administration’s efforts to strengthen communities, bolster the economy, and improve the quality of life of the American people

Volunteers Needed for 2016 Homeless Point-in-Time Count Survey

The Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership, in collaboration with the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Broward Sheriff's Office, and Nova Southeastern University is seeking 200 volunteers to assist the Homeless Continuum of Care with the collection of data for the 2016 Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) Count Survey and Zero 2016 Registry Week beginning on Tuesday night, January 26th, through Thursday, January 28, 2016

Coalition for the Homeless Responds to Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his State of the State address today, outlining his steps to address the homeless crisis in the state. In response, the Coalition for the Homeless issued these statements from President & CEO Mary Brosnahan

Philadelphia Latest Major U.S. City to Functionally End Veteran Homelessness

ast week, First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden wrote an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer to recognize the city's accomplishment in functionally ending veteran homelessness. Philadelphia has identified each individual veteran experiencing homelessness in the city and worked with them to place them in appropriate and permanent housing options

DOJ to Law Enforcement: Don’t Criminalize Homelessness

the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, published a newsletter encouraging law enforcement to promote alternatives to the criminalization of homelessness. The newsletter,coordination with the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health & Human Services, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

Leadership on Criminalization of Homelessness Needs to Be Matched By Commitment to Housing

On December 10, 2015, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty issued its annual report card on the human right to housing in the U.S., praising the progress of the federal government in addressing the criminalization of homelessness, but condemning its ongoing failure to stem the tide of homelessness by ensuring adequate, affordable housing is available to all

Faulconer, Educators Team Up to Help Children, Families & College Students Affected by Homelessness

With the goal of helping fellow San Diegans in need, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, City Councilmember Todd Gloria and SDSU President Elliot Hirshman today announced several initiatives by the San Diego Housing Commission to assist local children, families and college students affected by homelessness, as well as $10 million in new funding for affordable housing projects.

Homeless Initiative Bills and Budget Amendment Sent to County Council

As part of Maui County's ongoing efforts to address issues and concerns related to the homeless community, Mayor Alan Arakawa transmitted five bills and a budget amendment to the Maui County Council last week.

Sen. Brown Outlines New Legislation to Improve Programs for Homeless Veterans and Their Families...

Brown, a Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Outlined Legislation, Renewed His Call to End Homelessness Among Veterans. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, About 12 Percent of the Adult Homeless Population is Comprised of Veterans.

Mayor Lee’s Joint Statement With San Francisco Interfaith Council On Helping Homeless This Winter...

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and San Francisco Interfaith Council Executive Director Michael Pappas today issued the following joint statement on helping homeless residents and providing shelter for those that need it during the cold, wet winter season and anticipated El Niño storms

Councilmember Licata: City Budget Increases Funding for Homeless in Response to Federal Cutbacks

Councilmember Nick Licata, chair of the Budget Committee, released the following statement after the Budget Committee sent a 2016 Budget to the Full Council. "As my 18 years in office come to an end, I've reflected on how funding for human services has changed in Seattle. I compared the first budget I voted for in 1999 to the 2016 budget approved by the Budget Committee today. Here's what I found

Sen. Brown Outlines New Legislation to Improve Programs for Homeless Veterans and Their Families...

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, outlined legislation to improve programs for homeless veterans and their families in Warren today. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, about 12 percent of the adult homeless population is comprised of veterans

Hastings’ Statement on National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

“There are thousands of men, women, and children in our country that go without food or shelter every single day. In marking National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, we must remind ourselves that there is much we can do to provide for homeless individuals across this nation. Those in our country who do not have a home or live in poverty deserve to be treated with dignity and respect

Interior, State of California Announce Innovative Strategy for Renewable Energy and Conservation on Public...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird today announced the final environmental review of an innovative landscape-scale blueprint to support renewable energy development and conservation on 10 million acres of federal public lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the California desert.

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Speaker Ryan Surveys Hurricane Damage in Florida, Vows Full Commitment to...

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has completed an all-day tour of areas in Florida hardest hit by Hurricane Irma, including downtown Jacksonville and the Keys. Together with a bipartisan delegation, Ryan expressed his commitment to make sure communities have the federal resources they need to rebuild in the aftermath of the storm.

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Secretary Zinke Announces $94.3 Million to States for Parks and Outdoor...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that $94.3 million will be distributed for outdoor recreation and conservation projects to the 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing. These funds are awarded through federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public parks.