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Homelessness is a problem that affects many people in America. If you are homeless yourself and need help or if you want to learn more about homelessness and how you can help, we have information for you.

If You Are Homeless...

If you are homeless, help is available! HUD, along with many other federal agencies, funds programs to help the homeless. These programs are managed by local organizations that provide a range of services, including shelter, food, counseling, and jobs skills programs. So start by contacting a homeless assistance agency in your area.

 - Local homeless assistance
 - Housing counseling
 - Information for homeless veterans (HUDVet)

If You Are a Homeless Assistance Provider

 - HUD's Homeless Assistance programs
 - More on HUD's homeless assistance programs
 - Second Chance Homes
 - Interagency Council on Homelessness

If You Want to Help the Homeless...

 - Donate to your local food bank
 - Kids can help the homeless

Other Resources...

 - Federal Definition of Homeless
 - Facts about homelessness
 - National Coalition for the Homeless
 - Family Promise
 - National Law Center on homelessness and poverty
 - National Low Income Housing Coalition
 - National Alliance to End Homelessness
 - Corporation for Supportive Housing
 - National Coalition for Homeless Vets
 - National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Information
 - National Resource Center on Homelessness and Mental Illness
 - The Homelessness Resource Exchange
 - Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
 - Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program
 - The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Title IV - Housing Assistance)
 - The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
 - The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Reauthorized January 2002
 - The 2008 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress - July 2009