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Homelessness Assistance
Who Needs Homelessness Assistance?
More than 1 million persons are served in HUD-supported emergency, transitional and permanent housing programs each year. The total number of persons who experience homelessness may be twice as high. There are four federally defined categories under which individuals and families may qualify as homeless: 1) literally homeless; 2) imminent risk of homelessness; 3) homeless under other Federal statues; and 4) fleeing/attempting to flee domestic violence.
Where Can Individuals Find Assistance?
Individuals looking for assistance can:
What is HUD Doing to Assist Homeless Persons?
The Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) supports the nationwide commitment to ending homelessness by providing funding opportunities to nonprofit organizations and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families. Through these opportunities, SNAPS advocates self-sufficiency and promotes the effective utilization of mainstream resources available to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Competitive Homelessness Programs

Formula Homelessness Programs

Other Homelessness Programs

HUD's Office of Housing and Office of Public and Indian Housing also support homelessness assistance.
What Information Does HUD Provide?
The OneCPD Resource Exchange provides a hub for the latest Homelessness Assistance resources, updates, and information including, tools and templates, research, evaluations, best practices, guides, training manuals, and more.