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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?

To learn about the characteristics and performance of Continuum of Care (CoC) programs around the country, visit CoC Dashboard ReportsCoC Homeless Populations and Subpopulations ReportsCoC Housing Inventory Count Reports, and CoC Awards by Program Component.

The HUD Exchange provides a hub for the latest Homelessness Assistance resources, updates, and information including, tools and templates, research, evaluations, best practices, guides, and training manuals, as well as:

  • Email Updates - To receive CPD communications about program policy, upcoming trainings, resources, reporting deadlines, technical assistance and more, sign up on the HUD Exchange Mailing List.
  • Training Opportunities - For information on upcoming events, self-paced online training, and recorded webinars, go to Training and Events.
  • Grantee Information – To view amounts awarded to organizations under HUD programs over the past several years, go to CPD Allocations and Awards. To learn more about the agencies and organizations that have received funding, visit About Grantees.
  • Unanswered Policy or Technical Question? – If you are an organization with a HUD policy, program, or reporting-system question, submit your question and get a response through Ask a Question.
  • In-depth Advising – To request extended communication or long-term assistance available to CPD grantees, visit Technical Assistance.