Our friends at CSH participated and presented at HUD’s convenings and worked closely with PIH in publishing our CSH PHA Toolkit, which offers resources to PHAs that want to implement initiatives to end homelessness. CSH provides consultation, training, and technical assistance for public housing agencies and their partners to end homelessness and create Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). Visit CSH’s Consulting and Training webpage for more information.
This article indexes the resources CSH offers that relate directly to HUD’s guidance in the Notice.
Access to Housing Choice Vouchers and Public Housing
Sections 6-10 of the PIH Notice outline a number of ways that PHAs can reduce access barriers for people who are homeless and prevent a loss of assistance in the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Public Housing, including establishing a strong outreach strategy through service providers, strengthening the process for contacting applicants on waiting lists, establishing flexible intake and briefing schedules, and establishing nondiscriminatory preferences in admissions policies for persons experiencing homelessness.
HUD states that a PHA’s greatest tool for increasing program access for individuals and families experiencing homelessness is establishing a preference in their admissions policies. The Notice gives helpful guidance in how to create a local preference. CSH’s PHA Toolkit offers additional suggestions and examples: