Opening Doors Through Multifamily Housing

Implementing a Homeless Preference

Opening Doors Through Multifamily HousingThe Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a new toolkit to help communities work with homeless services providers and multifamily property owners to prioritize homeless people for mainstream housing resources.

The toolkit, “Opening Doors Through Multifamily Housing: Toolkit for Implementing a Homeless Preference” provides step-by-step guidance based on the experiences of 10 communities that participated in HUD’s 2012 “Dedicating Opportunities to End Homelessness” initiative.

While homelessness has decreased over the past 5 years, most significantly among veterans and the chronically homeless, there were still over 570,000 individuals experiencing homelessness on a given night in 2014, according to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).

Multiple strategies contributed to the decline in homelessness and new strategies are required to continue with the goal of ending homelessness. “Opening Doors: A Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness,” as amended in June 2015, added new strategies to meet that goal, specifically:

  • Encourage collaboration among public housing agencies (PHAs), multifamily housing owners, and homeless services to increase mainstream housing opportunities for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Promote guidance on how public housing agencies and multifamily housing owners can adopt admissions preferences and coordinate with homeless services organizations that can make referrals, assist with applications and lease- up, and provide supportive services.

Click here for the resource.