Proving the Case that We Can and Must End Homelessness

Veterans Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices our service members have made for us, and what we owe them for that sacrifice. I think I speak... Continue Reading →

Federal Partners Announce Availability of Program Support for State Medicaid-Housing Agency Partners

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with national... Continue Reading →

Aligning Hearts, Heads, and Budgets to End Chronic Homelessness in 2017

As the FY 2016 budget process moves forward, there could be good news for our efforts to end homelessness, and in particular, ending chronic homelessness. Deputy Director Richard Cho walks... Continue Reading →

In Ending Homelessness, We Leave No-one Behind

Congresswoman Maxine Waters hosted a briefing earlier this month to review the progress we have made in ending homelessness for all Americans under the newly amended Opening Doors. The... Continue Reading →

Strategies You Can Use to Connect People Experiencing Homelessness to SSI/SSDI Benefits

Social Security benefits are often a primary source of income for people with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness. Sometimes, it is a challenge for people to navigate the application... Continue Reading →

Project 25: Saving Money While Saving Lives

The idea was simple: target the most costly and frequent users of public resources who were living on the streets of San Diego and, using a Housing First model,... Continue Reading →

A Closer Look at Opening Doors - Spotlight on Changing of the Goal of Ending Chronic Homelessness

Among people experiencing homelessness, there is a subset of individuals who experience homelessness for long periods of time, and/or in repeated episodes over many years—people experiencing... Continue Reading →

A Closer Look: Opening Doors, as Amended in 2015 - Spotlight on Medicaid

The newly amended Opening Doors provide more specific information regarding the role of Medicaid in covering health and supportive services to end homelessness, including services that support... Continue Reading →

USICH Releases 2015 Amendment to Opening Doors

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), along with its 19 member agencies, announced today the release of an amendment to Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and... Continue Reading →

Opening Doors, as amended in 2015

On behalf of the entire team at USICH, the teams at our Federal member agencies, and our many dedicated state and local partners working tirelessly to prevent and end... Continue Reading →