Tools for Action

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

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Fact Sheet

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) leads the national efforts to prevent and end homelessness in America. This fact sheet details the work of the agency, including information on Opening Doors.

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The Challenges We Must Face Together: Findings and Implications from Recent Reports and Data

Data does not tell the whole story of homelessness in America, but it does tell us important information about the scale of the crises and challenges people face. A focus on data must remain central within decisions we make for crafting effective strategies, for sustaining interagency and intergovernmental efforts, and for assessing the impact of our efforts.

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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, removing as many obstacles and unnecessary requirements as possible that stand in the way of people’s access to permanent housing.

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Case Studies: Demonstrating the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families in the Child Welfare System

In September 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded five-year demonstration grants to Broward County, FL, Cedar Rapids, IA, Memphis, TN, San Francisco, CA, and the state of Connecticut to test the effectiveness of supportive housing for particularly vulnerable families involved in the child welfare system.

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Further Evidence of Worsening Affordability for Renters

To prevent and end homelessness, we all need to be attentive to changes in affordability in rental markets – both nationally and in our own communities. And, if we’re attentive right now, we can see that things have been getting worse.

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This is Housing First for Youth: A Program Model Guide (A Way Home Canada)

A Way Home Canada has released This is Housing First for Youth: A Program Model Guide that can help ensure that your community is connecting young people to permanent housing with the appropriate services to help them succeed as quickly as possible.

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Homeless Families Research Briefs (HHS)

This series of research briefs from HHS's Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation highlights issues related to the well-being and economic self-sufficiency of families and children experiencing homelessness.

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Youth Who Experience Prolonged Homelessness Research Briefs (HHS)

These briefs from HHS aims to summarize factors associated with prolonged episodes of homelessness among youth so that organizations can use their resources more efficiently to reduce and end prolonged youth homelessness.

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Case Studies: Ending Veteran Homelessness

These case studies were developed to highlight successful strategies for ending Veteran homelessness from communities that have achieved the goal.

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Housing First Assessment Tool (HUD)

CoCs can use this new tool from HUD to assess and measure a project’s progress in aligning with Housing First best practice standards, and an individual project can use this tool to identify what they are doing well and where improvements can be made.

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