Tools for Action

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

Caution is Needed When Considering “Sanctioned Encampments” or “Safe Zones”

Communities are working to address the immediate safety and living conditions of people who are unsheltered, and some guidance is needed as they consider sanctioned encampments or safe zones as a part of their response.
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Federal Programs that Can Help Communities End Youth Homelessness

These federal programs offer targeted and non-targeted funding for preventing and ending homelessness, including among youth, that can, in conjunction with other funding sources, help communities implement the coordinated response they need.  

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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.

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Research Brief on Chronic Homelessness (Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness)

This report from the Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness summarizes the research on chronic homelessness.

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Housing First and Access to Housing Model (Corporation for Supportive Housing)

This resource from the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s (CSH) Supportive Housing Quality Toolkit, provides a brief overview of the philosophy of Housing First as well as how to streamline access into housing.

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Systems Work Better Together: Strengthening Public Workforce & Homeless Service Systems Collaboration (Heartland Alliance)

This report from the Heartland Alliance identifies barriers to collaboration between workforce and homelessness services, while offering actionable steps for how these systems can more effectively work together.
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Unlocking Doors to Homelessness Prevention (Poppe)

Former USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe undertook a study with Your Way Home in Montgomery County, PA, to help develop a community-wide homelessness and eviction prevention strategy.
 

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Phase One Report from Supporting Partnership for Anti-Racist Communities (Center for Social Innovation)

This report from Phase One of the Supporting Partnership for Anti-Racist Communities (SPARC) initiative is now available and offers numerous insights for addressing homelessness in ways that are comprehensive and racially equitable.

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Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness

Collaboratively with communities across America, USICH and our federal partners developed a national vision for what it means to end homelessness, ensuring it is rare, brief, and non-recurring. The Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness ensure all communities are working toward that goal. 

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Webinar: HUD FY2017 YHDP NOFA: What to Expect and Strategies for Success

This webinar provides some background on the second round of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, and strategies for success in responding to the NOFA.

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