News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Enhancing Access to Legal Services for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Young man in library Youth experiencing homelessness have an oftentimes critical, but overlooked, need for legal services. Without them, youth may be unable to access or maintain housing, employment, health care, or other key services. 

Management and Program Analyst Mary Owens recently attended the Homeless Youth Law & Policy Summit and highlights some of the key strategies and recommendations for supporting the legal needs of youth experiencing homelessness.

Connecting Workforce, Housing Services for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Washington's Building Changes recently released a report of their work over the past decade to bridge workforce and housing services systems to assist families experiencing homelessness.
Helen Howell, executive director of Building Changes, shares what her organization has learned about making employment a critical element of rapid re-housing for families experiencing homelessness.

Council Discusses Sustaining Momentum, Planning for Incoming Administration

October 2016 USICH Council meeting USICH Chair and HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell convened our third Council meeting of 2016 on October 18. Council members discussed the progress we've seen on ending homelessness across the country and efforts underway to make sure that momentum is sustained.

The Council invited three national organizations to share their perspectives on priorities for 2017 and also heard from four of the interagency working groups on efforts planned for 2017. Read the full update.

Rapid Re-Housing Works!

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The National Alliance to End Homelessness launched
Rapid Re-Housing Works, a campaign to help communities hone in on the core components of rapid re-housing and strengthen the intervention as a part of their coordinated response to homelessness.
Each week the Alliance will release new tools, articles, and resources, including videos, for you to use in your community. 

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November is National Runaway Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness of the crisis of youth homelessness in this country. We all have a role to play in preventing and ending youth homelessness.