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Housing and Homelessness

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If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness or wants to get connected to housing assistance, the following resources may be able to assist you:

Housing and Homelessness Assistance Programs

Housing and homelessness assistance programs provide funding to States and local governments and nonprofit providers to serve individuals and families across the United States who are in need of housing or are affected by homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HUD Exchange provides information and links to specific programs; application, data collection, and reporting systems; national, state, and local data and reports; and the populations affected by housing shortages and homelessness.

Featured Resource

Guidance for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and Owners of Federally-Assisted Housing on Excluding the Use of Arrest Records in Housing Decisions

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2015)

The purpose of this Notice is to inform Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and owners of other federally-assisted housing that arrest records may not be the basis for denying admission, terminating assistance or evicting tenants, to remind PHAs and owners that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) does not require their adoption of “One Strike” policies, and to remind them of their obligation to safeguard the due process rights of applicants and tenants.

Highlighted Resources

After Incarceration: A Guide To Helping Women Reenter the Community

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA (2020)

This guide provides individuals who provide or coordinate reentry services for women involved in the criminal justice system with resources for serving women who are reentering the community after a period of incarceration. It is a "checklist" of considerations when working with women who are justice involved.


Recovery Housing: Best Practices and Suggested Guidelines

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA (2019)

This report identifies ten specific areas, or guiding principles, that will assist states and federal policy makers in defining and understanding what comprises safe, effective, and legal recovery housing. The guiding principles in this document are meant to provide an overarching framework that builds upon and extends the foundational policy and practice work that had guided the development of recovery housing to date.


TIP 55: Behavioral Health Services for People Who Are Homeless

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA (2015)

This manual offers skills and resources to service providers working with people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. It outlines types of homelessness and stages of recovery, including substance use screening and supportive treatment. Access the literature review.


Homelessness Programs Toolkit

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2020)

This toolkit provides state agencies responsible for implementing HUD-funded homeless programs with tools to help ensure effective and compliant program administration of state Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) recipients concerning the operation of the Continuum of Care (CoC) program.


Strategies to Address the Intersection of the Opioid Crisis and Homelessness

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (2017)

This document identifies strategies that communities, providers, and policymakers can use to address the intersection of homelessness and the opioid crisis and highlights resources developed by federal and national partners to support such efforts.