Tools for Action

We review the documents in our database every six months to make sure they are still accurate and relevant.

Exploring Home, Together Podcast Series

In “Exploring Home, Together,” Communications Specialist Veronica Mills and the USICH team walk through the objectives in the federal plan to prevent and end homelessness one by one. 

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The Evidence Behind Approaches that Drive an End to Homelessness

To improve housing outcomes, communities are making a fundamental shift to Housing First approaches. Effective Housing First approaches, developed in response to strong evidence, include: prioritizing people experiencing homelessness for new and existing affordable housing; providing rapid re-housing to families and individuals; and providing supportive housing opportunities to people with the most intense needs.

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Building Child Welfare and Housing Partnerships to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness: Nashville’s Alternative Response

This YHDP team in Nashville, TN, shares current and planned efforts to build an alternative response as part of their coordinated community plan.

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Webinar: Overview of HUD’s Specialized Housing and Services for Victims of Human Trafficking NOFA

Per HUD's website, this NOFA has been postponed.

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Case Studies: Connecting Supportive Housing and Health Systems to End Chronic Homelessness among People with Disabilities

To end chronic homelessness among people with disabilities, we must work together across the public and private sectors to expand the supply of supportive housing opportunities for people with the most intensive needs and connect individuals to the health and behavioral health supports necessary for promoting their housing stability. These case studies were developed to highlight innovative community partnerships between the homelessness services system and health systems.

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Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resources

These resources can help homelessness services systems prepare for disasters and respond and recover after they happen.

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CoC NOFA FY 2019: What’s New and How to Build Upon Your Work to End Homelessness​

USICH staff provide a high-level overview of HUD’s FY 2019 CoC Program NOFA, including policy priorities, scoring, and key changes from the FY 2018 NOFA. 

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Adopting Housing Problem-Solving Approaches with Prevention, Diversion, and Rapid Exit Strategies

Housing problem-solving approaches support the effective implementation of homelessness prevention, diversion, and rapid exit strategies – strategies that should be a part of every coordinated entry process and are offered as potential housing pathways for all populations.

Make sure to also read Prevention, Diversion, and Rapid Exit.

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Prevention, Diversion, and Rapid Exit

This document clarifies the terms prevention, diversion, and rapid exit, explains how they differ from each other, and offers considerations for implementation.

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Strengthening Partnerships Between Law Enforcement and Homelessness Services Systems

This brief produced in collaboration with the Council of State Governments Justice Center will help communities approach partnerships with law enforcement that will benefit efforts to address unsheltered homelessness.

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