News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

 United States Interagency 
 Council on Homelessness          
February 2, 2017

New Guidance to Help Communities Strengthen
Coordinated Entry Concept
Implementation of Coordinated Entry  

Coordinated entry is key to the effective and cost effective use of federal, state, and local resources. HUD's Notice outlines the requirements around coordinated entry that Continuums of Care must be able to meet by January 23, 2018. Read HUD's Notice
Coordinated entry processes offer the potential to more fully engage mainstream programs. We've developed a companion guide on building effective partnerships with those critical resources, and sample housing assessment questions that can be used by such programs.  

USICH, HUD, and VA Release Updates to Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Veteran Homelessness  
After a year of engaging with communities and reviewing their accomplishments, we've made some updates to the criteria and benchmarks for ending Veteran homelessness in order to be clearer about expectations and intentions.

Addressing the Intersection of the Opioid Crisis and Homelessness
Stethoscope Leaders in rural, suburban, and urban communities across the country are grappling with the effects of a worsening opioid crisis, which may also be contributing to rates of homelessness in some communities. USICH has been coordinating a federal interagency working group to find ways to help communities respond.
Management and Program Analyst Brittani Manzo has pulled together resources and strategies that communities can use in their local response to the opioid crisis among people at risk or experiencing homelessness.

Mayors Continue to Lead the Charge
U.S. Conference of Mayors After spending time recently with mayors from across the nation, Executive Director Matthew Doherty reflects on their unwavering commitment to progress despite the tough issues facing their communities.

Read about how mayors - and other local officials - are helping lead the way forward and the USICH tools that can support those efforts.

Has Your Community Done Research on Rapid Re-Housing? We Need Your Help! 

As part of national efforts to understand and strengthen rapid re-housing interventions for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, HUD contracted with Abt Associates to review local, state, and national research studies that cover rapid re-housing programs of any size.

Please send any studies to Korrin Bishop by February 6.