U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness News

Just Released: Criteria and Benchmark for Ending Chronic Homelessness
Permanent housing with individually tailored supportive services is the solution to chronic homelessness. To make sure all individuals experiencing chronic homelessness are on a quick path to permanent housing, communities need robust, coordinated systems that are focused on shared outcomes.

These criteria and benchmark are intended to help communities build and fine-tune those systems, to help define the vision of ending chronic homelessness within communities
, and to align local efforts in support of that vision.
Non-Time-Limited Supportive Housing Part of Community Strategy to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness
Young adults talking outsideAs we work to achieve the goal of ending youth homelessness, we are continuing to explore the full range of interventions that can meet the needs of all young people. One intervention that is showing promise for youth with complex challenges is non-time-limited supportive housing.
CSH President and CEO Deb De Santis and USICH Deputy Director Jasmine Hayes examine non-time-limited youth supportive housing as a part of the overall coordinated community response to end youth homelessness.  
The Drumbeat Continues: How Gulfport Achieved an End to Veteran Homelessness

Veteran holding a houseThe Gulfport/Gulf Coast region of Mississippi recently received confirmation from both federal agencies and Zero:2016 that it had achieved the goal of effectively ending Veteran homelessness.

Mary Simons, executive director of Open Doors Homeless Coalition, shares their top strategies for both achieving the goal and sustaining it now, and for the future.

SSI/SSDI Webinar Recording Now Available! 
Social Security benefits applicationIn case you missed our most popular webinar to date, here's the recording and presentation slides of Key Strategies for Connecting People Experiencing Homelessness to SSI/SSDI. 
USICH, SSA, VA, SAMSHA, and the SOAR TA Center discussed strategies designed to improve practices and collaboration among SSA field offices, VAMC staff, and other organizations that provide services for people experiencing homelessness.  
Matthew Doherty Honored for Contributions to Ending Veteran Homelessness 
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Executive Director, Baylee Crone, presented our executive director, Matthew Doherty, with their prestigious Jerald Washington Memorial Founders' Award for his work to end Veteran homelessness at their annual conference last week.

"I feel incredibly humbled and
 honored by this award, which reflects the efforts and dedication of the entire team at USICH, and the hard work of folks across all of the federal agencies who make up the Council," Doherty said. 

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