Homelessness Assistance and Resources
"Stable housing is the foundation upon which people build their lives."
- Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness
Homelessness Assistance Programs
HUD's homeless assistance programs are categorized as either formula (non-competitive) and competitive. HUD awards Emergency Solutions Grants by formula to states and local governments. It awards the Continuum of Care Program and other competitive funds via a national competition through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act or 2009. The HEARTH Act amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act with substantial changes, including consolidating HUD's competitive grant programs and changing HUD's definition of homelessness and chronic homelessness. Grant awards under these ‘legacy’ grant programs are still in place and the resources for those programs are still relevant.
HEARTH Homelessness Programs
Legacy Homelessness Programs
Other Homelessness Programs
HIV/AIDS Housing Program
To address housing and service needs for low income persons who are living with HIV/AIDS and their families. HUD provides funding for states, local governments, and nonprofits through the HOPWA Program.
Homeless Assistance Tools
Housing Search Assistance Toolkit
This toolkit provides information and resources for case managers and housing advocates to assist clients with accessing and maintaining housing.
NIMBY Risk Assessment and Decision Tree Tool
This tool includes real life case studies showing how NIMBYism (Not In My Backyard) affects supportive housing projects and how organizations can respond to NIMBYism in their communities.
Using Mainstream Services to End Homlessness
This toolkit refers to efforts by states, providers, and local government to provide access to mainstream services for people who are homeless.
Homelessness Assistance Program Highlights
Homelessness Assistance Systems
Homelessness Reports and Data Collection
QPR: Quarterly Performance Report - See individual program pages for more information about QPRs
Grantee Reports, Awards, Maps, and Contacts
Homelessness Programs Grantee Reports, Awards, Maps, and Contacts
HOPWA Grantee Reports, Awards, Maps, and Contacts
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Looking for Homelessness Assistance?
If you are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or know someone who is homeless, help is available. Contact a local homelessness assistance agency, grant recipient, or Continuum of Care (CoC) to access services and assistance, including emergency shelter, food, health care, housing counseling, and job training and placement assistance.
Looking for HIV/AIDS Housing Assistance?