Tools for Action

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

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.

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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 collobaration 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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The Transformation of VA Grant and Per Diem Programs: Considerations for Communities

This brief provides an overview of the housing models currently funded through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Grant and Per Diem (GPD) programs, describes the current mix of implementation of the various GPD models, and provides some considerations for CoCs and community stakeholders as this transformation is implemented and navigated locally.

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Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Veteran Homelessness

These criteria and benchmarks, updated in June 2019, will help you build lasting solutions to Veteran homelessness in your community. 

To track your progress, consider using HUD's Master List Template and Benchmark Generation Tool.

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Federal Funding Tool for Addressing Homelessness in Rural Communities

This tool is intended to provide an easy way for rural communities to identify a wide array of federal programs and resources that can support their work to prevent and end homelessness.

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Core Elements of Effective Street Outreach to People Experiencing Homelessness

Communities can use this list to assess their street outreach efforts, and to identify opportunities to strengthen their systemic approach to ending homelessness, particularly unsheltered homelessness. 

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A Bridge to Long Term Recovery: Building Meaningful Collaboration

This series of policy briefs from CSH offers solutions on leveraging added funding from SUPPORT and other sources to develop a system that integrates health and housing to maximize community response and effectiveness.

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The Importance of Housing Affordability and Stability for Preventing and Ending Homelessness

This USICH brief is focused on the importance of housing affordability and stability for ending homelessness and achieving other outcomes.

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