State and Local Government

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness believes partnerships with local communities and states are vital partners in ending homelessness.  Through collaboration at all levels of government, the nation can harness public resources and build on the innovations that have been demonstrated in communities nationwide to employ cost effective, comprehensive solutions to homelessness.

Since the release of Opening Doors in June 2010, there has been unprecedented collaboration from federal agencies with one another, and with state and local governments and nonprofits in our efforts to implement the Plan. We need to accelerate our progress to reach the goals in Opening Doors, which is why USICH is encouraging all states and local communities to join us in Opening Doors Across America, a USICH call to action. By taking the steps outlined, your state and community can join this national effort and achieve results, and will be recognized as a champion for leadership in ending homelessness. USICH has developed toolkits and guidance for communities to implement this initiative.

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The Council has established a broad range of intergovernmental partnerships:

Federal Regional Interagency Councils

The Interagency Council has encouraged the development of Federal Regional Interagency Councils through which key regional representatives of Federal agencies are convened to mirror the work of the federal partners in Washington to increase collaboration and make resources more available and accessible to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

State Interagency Councils on Homelessness

Every State and territory has been encouraged by the Interagency Council to establish by Governor's Executive Order or legislative authority a State Interagency Council on Homelessness with representation at the Cabinet level from the mainstream income support, health care, behavioral health, human services, Veterans, housing, corrections, transportation, education, and labor departments and agencies.

- Fact sheet on how to develop a State Interagency Council

- Toolkit on developing a State Interagency Council

- List of States with Active Interagency Councils

Jurisdictional Community Strategic Plans to End Homelessness

Effective communities are implementing strategic plans to prevent and end homelessness tailored to their local needs. USICH strongly encourages the development and implementation of these plans; and they are a requirement of the HEARTH Act of 2009.  Community-wide strategic planning is a pivotal step in ending homelessness and has been shown to demonstrably result in decreases in homelessness when the plans are well-crafted and implemented. For those do not already have a Ten Year Plan, USICH calls on communities to develop a Community Strategic Plan to prevent and end homelessness guided by best practices and aligned with Federal goals. The Council encourages communities to align their plans with Opening Doors, the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness by adopting the four major goals and tailor the plan to your community by adopting the objectives and strategies the plan offers to help you meet your goals.

- Toolkit for Action: Local and Community Strategic Planning

- Guidance on developing and implementing strategic plans to prevent and end homelessness

- Communities with a strategic plan

Field Operations and Support

USICH’s regional coordinators serve as principal representatives and points of contact for USICH in the field. These coordinators play instrumental roles in encouraging State and local coordination through such vehicles as Community Strategic Plans, Regional and State Interagency Councils, and providing technical assistance in these and other areas as required by USICH’s statute. As part of implementing and rolling out Opening Doors, USICH’s regional coordinators are building upon their previous work in communities across the country. The regional coordinators are now engaging local and state officials, as well as other community stakeholders on Opening Doors’ strategies and how their communities can pursue and achieve the four key goals of the Plan. 

- Learn which regional coordinator covers your region

Below you will find information and resources focused on ways that state and local governments can leverage their resources and expertise to end homelessness:

Additional Resources

USICH Announces Two Changes to Team

A Closer Look: Opening Doors, as Amended in 2015 - Spotlight on Medicaid

A Closer Look: Opening Doors, As Amended in 2015 - Spotlight on Crisis Response Systems

Opening Doors, as amended in 2015

All In to End Veteran Homelessness City Swing: Las Vegas

The Connecticut Head Start-Family Shelter Partnership: Working Together to Meet the Needs of Families and Children

Public Housing Authorities and Continuums of Care:  Establishing and Maintaining Powerful Teams in the Effort to End Homelessness

Ending Youth Homelessness

Harnessing Medicaid to Help Solve Homelessness

Medicaid is a Game-Changer for Ending Chronic Homelessness, But to Win, We Have to Play

The Supportive Housing Opportunities Planner (SHOP) Tool: Setting a Path to End Chronic Homelessness Locally

The Time to Seize Historic Opportunities is Now - A Message from Matthew Doherty, USICH Executive Director

Building Blocks to Success: Community-Wide Partnerships and Commitments Drive Success in Central Florida

The New Orleans Model for Ending Veteran Homelessness

Ending Youth Homelessness in Connecticut

Mayor Rothschild Shares His Experience of Participating in the 2015 PIT Count with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez

Count Us In – A Look at Youth Counts in Seattle and Portland

Connecticut Launches 100-Day Effort to End Homelessness

After Finals and During Breaks Throughout the Year, Foster Youth Students Face a Much More Difficult Test

Good News from San Diego: Rapid Re-Housing Helps Veteran Get Back on Track

Early Childhood and HUD Working Together to End Family Homelessness

Data Drives Results: Take Down Targets Help Communities Zero in on Ending Homelessness

Preventing and Ending LGBTQ Youth Homelessness:  HUD Issues Historic Guidance and Launches First of Its Kind Effort with True Colors Fund

Positive Outcomes for Victims of Domestic Violence and Families through Housing First Pilot Program


#NAEH15 Begins Tomorrow

Youth Homelessness and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act

Veteran Homelessness in Virginia: The Ending of a Story Just Beginning

At White House, Mayors Strategize on Efforts to End Veteran Homelessness

Optimizing Community Efforts to End Veteran Homelessness

Good News from Washington, DC

The President’s 2016 Budget Invests in What Works to End Homelessness

Massachusetts Launches Pay for Success Initiative to Address Chronic Homelessness

#PITCount 2015

What It Means to End Homelessness

Adding Up an End to Homelessness: What Einstein Can Tell Us About Achieving Our Goals

HUD Announces Continuum of Care Awards

The True Youth Count Toolkit: A Resource for Your PIT Count

The Work in New Orleans has been Transformative, and It Urges All of Us Forward

New Orleans Ends Veteran Homelessness One Year Ahead of Goal

The Year in Review

Engaging Youth, the Next Generation Working to End Homelessness

Calling All Communities: Help End Veteran Homelessness through National Service

Our Chief Labor Is the Building of Homes

Lessons Learned from Developing Coordinated Entry Systems: Richmond and Los Angeles

The Private Sector Steps Up To End Homelessness in Massachusetts: Multi-family owners launch “New Lease”

We STILL Believe in Human Rights

We STILL Believe in Human Rights

In Utah, a History of Progress Inspires Greater Action

Youth have a Voice—We Want and Need You to Listen

That Person on the Street Could Be You

2015: Making a Difference for Youth Experiencing Homelessness – A National Perspective

As a Grateful Nation, We Must End Homelessness among Veterans

Good News from New Orleans: Federal and Community Collaboration Helped Transform This Veteran’s Life

Partnerships for Opening Doors – Ending Homelessness through Meaningful and Sustainable Employment

Ensuring Safety and Stability for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Shining Through: The Voices of Young People Heard Clearly at Forty to None Summit

Your Reallocation Questions Answered, USICH Releases Reallocation Tool

Partnering with Landlords to End Homelessness

Meeting the Unique Needs of Families

Building Systems to End to Homelessness: HUD’s FY 2014 Continuum of Care Program Competition

Serving Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

A Sea Change in Fresno’s Homelessness Crisis Response

Creating a Medicaid Supportive Housing Services Benefit

Hear from Two Community Partners about How They Are Ending Family Homelessness through Our Sept. 10 Webinar

DESC to Create More Supportive Housing to Serve Seattle’s Most Vulnerable

Inspired by People: New Report Offers Alternatives to Criminalization

Connect with USICH at the NAEH Conference

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Is Law

Schools Are a Critical Part of Solutions to End Youth Homelessness

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Announces Ambitious Plan to End Veteran Homelessness

Supportive Services for Veteran Families: A Powerful Tool to Keep Veterans and Their Families Home

Successful Partnerships through Aligned Missions and Empathetic Relationships

Ensuring that Homelessness Never Follows Foster Care

Baltimore Takes Steps Forward to End Youth Homelessness

Communities Come Together to Discuss Coordinated Entry

Your Input Is Essential to the Ongoing Success of Opening Doors

Four Clarifications about Housing First

How to Talk About Housing First

101,628 People Are Now in Safe and Stable Homes!

Houston Drives Down Homelessness 37% through Community Collaboration and Housing First Approach

In One Year, New Orleans Reduced Veteran Homelessness by 43%, Chronic Homelessness by 30%

The Chance to Grow Up to Be Whatever You Want: Expanding Access to Services for Children and Families

Houston and Phoenix are Proving that Ending Homelessness is Possible and Within Reach

Federal Partners Release Final 2014 HMIS Data Standards

The True Cost of Doing Nothing

Opening Doors Works: USICH Releases Annual Update to Congress

Creating Meaningful Alternatives to Criminalization in Our Communities

Criminalizing Homelessness is Costly, Ineffective, and Infringes on Human Rights

3 Reasons to Address Homelessness as a Human Rights Issue

The Power of Constituent Voice: The Rhode Island Homeless Bill of Rights

Starting Is the Starting Point for Coordinated Assessment

A Paradigm Shift: How Fairfax County Made Significant Gains in Ending Family Homelessness

Finding Hope, a Home, and a Future

Proving It’s Possible: How Phoenix Ended Chronic Veteran Homelessness

I Believe in Human Rights: My Personal Commitment to Ending Homelessness

Wichita Police Department: Making a Difference for People Experiencing Homelessness

Houston Partners Dedicated to Ending Chronic Homelessness

Life Can be Bitter; Everyone Could Use a Little Sugar… One Man’s Journey from Homelessness to Filmmaker

Why Permanent Supportive Housing and Managed Care Need Each Other

USICH Releases 2015 Amendment to Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

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Matthew Doherty Named Executive Director of U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Washington – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced today that Matthew Doherty has...

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness

Initiative Targets 45,000 Homeless and At-Risk Vets and Families in High Need Communities Secretary of Veterans...

The President’s 2016 Budget makes investments to end chronic homelessness in 2017 and to make significant progress in ending homelessness across all other populations

The President's 2016 Budget is designed to bring middle class economics into the 21st Century....

HUD-VASH Program to Expand into Native American Communities for the First Time

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that...

NYS DOH Releases Six New Supportive Housing Pilot Projects

Last week, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Medicaid Redesign Team (“MRT...

HUD and VA Team Up to Help Additional 2,000 Homeless Veterans Find Permanent Homes

$13.5 million in HUD-VASH vouchers to build on national effort to end veteran homelessness WASHINGTON –...

National Alliance Issues Brief on Using ESG Program to Fund Rapid Re-Housing

The Alliance has published the first in a series of briefs that are meant to...

HUD and National League of Cities announced a new Memorandum of Understanding to help fight against veteran homelessness in cities across the country.

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and National League...

National Alliance to End Homelessness Wants Input from Rapid Re-Housing Providers

The National Alliance to End Homelessness published a toolkit, "Rapid Re-Housing Tools," that provides...

Joint Statement by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development on Collaborative Youth Point-in-Time Counts

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the Departments of Education (ED), Health...

The President’s 2016 Budget: Fact Sheet on Homelessness Assistance

President Obama’s 2016 Budget demonstrates his deep commitment to ending homelessness. The Budget makes...

The Affordable Care Act’s Role in Preventing and Ending Homelessness

What is the Affordable Care Act?  On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care...

Opening Doors Overview

An overview of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, background for...

Opening Doors: State and Local Government Partners

Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness proposes a set of strategies...

Approaching Homelessness from a Human Rights Perspective

Remarks delivered by Liz Osborn, USICH Management and Program Analyst, at the U.S. Department...

We Need to be Smarter about how We Understand and Meet the Needs of Youth

Remarks delivered by Laura Green Zeilinger, USICH Executive Director, at the End Youth Homelessness Call...

We’ve entered a new era of homelessness policy: the era of local problem-solving systems

Remarks delivered by Richard Cho, USICH Senior Policy Director, at the Arizona Coalition to End...

Coordinated Assessment: Putting the Key Pieces in Place

Remarks by Eric Grumdahl at a gathering of community stakeholders focused on ending Veteran and...

Presentation -  Pre-Conference Session at NAEH 2012 Annual Conference: Maximizing the Opportunity of Interagency Councils on Homelessness

7/16/12 USICH Regional Coordinators presented this session on State Interagency Councils on Homelessness as a preconference...

CoC Resources: Helping Prepare for the 2015 CoC Competition

On Tuesday, April 28, HUD released the FY 2015 CoC Program Registration Notice. The registration...

April 2015 Council Meeting

On April 14, U.S. Department of Labor and USICH Chair Secretary Thomas Perez convened the...

Identifying & Referring Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

The Obama Administration is committed to achieving an end to homelessness among Veterans, and...

Role of Long-Term, Congregate Transitional Housing in Ending Homelessness

The National Alliance to End Homelessness and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness ...

10 Strategies to End Veteran Homelessness

The goal to end Veteran homelessness is in reach and will require accelerated efforts...

Effective Community-Based Solutions to Encampments

To end homelessness for everyone, we must link people experiencing unsheltered homelessness, including people sleeping...

Solving for Services: New Medicaid Opportunities to Pay for the “Support” in Permanent Supportive Housing

Solving for Services: New Medicaid Opportunities to Pay for the “Support” in Permanent...

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State and Local Governments

"State and local stakeholders must be active partners with the Federal Government, and their work...

State and Local Government

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness believes partnerships with local communities and states are...