The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) coordinates and catalyzes the federal response to homelessness, working in close partnership with 19 federal member agencies. USICH is the only federal agency with the sole mission of preventing and ending homelessness in America. We work across federal, state, and local governments, as well as the private sector, to create partnerships, use resources in the most efficient and effective ways, and implement evidence-based best practices to achieve the goals of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
USICH was originally authorized by Congress through Title II of the landmark Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (PL 100-77) to serve as an “independent establishment” within the executive branch. We were charged with coordinating the federal response to homelessness and creating a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the federal government in contributing to the end of homelessness.
The agency was most recently reauthorized by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009.