The most recent Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress reveals that nearly half (48%) of all homeless individuals are unsheltered—living in their cars, on the streets, or in some other place not meant for human habitation.
Unsheltered homelessness is driven by many factors, but can be exacerbated by a lack of accessible, low-barrier shelter. Shelter bed availability varies greatly by state. Some states have enough beds to shelter 90+ percent of their individual homeless population, while others, particularly on the West Coast, have capacity for less than half of their individual homeless population.
In the coming months, HUD is expected to issue a NOFA for as much as $300 million in new "Mainstream" housing vouchers for non-elderly people with disabilities.
Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) that apply will be incentivized to work with community agencies, especially those that assist people with disabilities who are transitioning out of institutional or other segregated settings, at risk of institutionalization, are homeless, or are at risk of becoming homeless.
Join the Alliance on May 2 for a webinar to discuss strategies for supporting your PHA on their applications for these funds. Two communities awarded vouchers during the last round will provide insight into how they were able to leverage partnerships with their respective PHAs.