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

CoC: Continuum of Care Program

ESG: Emergency Solutions Grants Program

RHSP: Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program

Legacy Homelessness Programs

Emergency Shelter Grants Program

S+C: Shelter Plus Care Program

SHP: Supportive Housing Program

SRO: Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy Program

Other Homelessness Programs

BRAC: Defense Base Closure and Realignment Program

HPRP: Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program

HUD-VASH: HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program

Title V: Title V Program - Federal Surplus Property

VHPD: Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Program

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.

HOPWA: Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS

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.


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.

Find local housing, food, and health care assistance agencies

Find assistance for the chronically homeless

Find assistance for homeless veterans

Find assistance for homeless youth

Find a CoC or grant recipient

Find assistance for homeless veteran service providers




Looking for HIV/AIDS Housing Assistance?

Find HIV/AIDS resources and HIV testing sites and care services on AIDS.gov

Find a HOPWA grantee or program