News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Homelessness in America: Focus on Veterans

To prevent and end homelessness in America, we must have a clear understanding of who is at risk of homelessness and who goes on to experience it. In our Homelessness in America series, we summarize data and research about specific subpopulations to help inform the work we must do, together, to end homelessness.

In this first brief, we focus on Veterans, who make up 9% of adults experiencing homelessness. Look for future installments in the months ahead!

Extending Our Successes with Diversion to Help Families Quickly Exit Homelessness

A pilot program in Washington State explores ways that diversion techniques can be applied to help families exit homelessness quickly, safely, and simply.

Helen Howell, executive director of Building Changes, which facilitates partnerships to build a more responsive homelessness system, explains why diversion practices should be integrated into any community's crisis response system.

New Resources Available to Help Communities Understand Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Youth Homelessness

We recently recorded two webinars to help communities better understand and put into practice the criteria and benchmarks for ending youth homelessness. 

$40 Million for New HUD-VASH Vouchers Available

HUD recently released a Registration of Interest Notice for up to 5,000 new HUD-VASH vouchers. Continuums of Care and other community stakeholders can work closely with their Public Housing Authorities and VA Medical Centers to assess the local need for new vouchers. The deadline for PHAs to respond to the notice is July 2.
Read more about the requirements for application here.

OPRE Studies Child Separations among Families Experiencing Homelessness


HHS's Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation recently released a brief on Child Separations among Families Experiencing Homelessness, using data from the Family Options Study.  
This new brief delves into the levels of child separation, details characteristics of separated children, and examines future child separation after a shelter stay.

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