Federal Programs Supporting Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Resources for Agencies and Organizations Addressing the Needs of the Homeless Population

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released a new guide.

The guide identifies forms of federal assistance that can provide additional support to agencies and organizations addressing the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for the Federal Programs that Support Individuals Experiencing Homelessness guide.

The guide provides a listing of federal programs in a funding matrix. The matrix may be used to help determine potential federal, state, and local funding to meet short-and long-terms needs. Additional guidance is forthcoming to support funding coordination and the braiding together of funding.

Multiple funding sources are regularly braided together and locally coordinated to support individuals experiencing homeless. The programs listed in the funding matrix may not be available in all places. But the matrix is intended to provide an overview of federal programs that may be braided together to support housing, wraparound services, and medical needs.

The guide includes a “journey map” for individuals experiencing homelessness during COVID-19 with different “paths” depending on different variable including whether or not an individual tests positive for COVID-19 and/or needs quarantine or isolation.

In addition, on Thursday, April 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., the USICH will hold a COVID-19 Planning and Response Webinar. The Webinar will cover Maximizing Funding for Non-Congregate Shelter Opportunities: California’s Project Roomkey. You can click here to register for the webinar.

Please note, if there is overwhelming demand for the webinar and you have trouble accessing it, please know that USICH will send a recording of the webinar to all registrants and post it on the USICH website by the end of the day on April 23.

Click here for COVID 19 updates from the USICH.