Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) empowers and supports Americans to tackle persistent challenges and build enduring community capacity to solve problems. Through its AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, Senior Corps, and other programs and activities, five million Americans volunteer with nearly 70,000 organizations in the national service network. These organizations use national service resources to develop innovative solutions across a broad spectrum of issues.

In recognition of this successful foundation, Congress in 2009 passed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, bringing CNCS’ programs to higher levels of impact, innovation, and effectiveness. Coupled with a new 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, CNCS has a clear roadmap for using national service to address six major challenges facing communities: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

Several of the six focus areas include strategies and objectives that address homelessness and the prevention of homelessness.  For example, the economic opportunity focus area supports activities that assist economically disadvantaged people in obtaining improved access to services and benefits aimed at contributing to their enhanced financial literacy and security; transitioning into or remaining in safe, healthy, affordable housing; and in improving their employability, and thus, leading to increased success in becoming employed.

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)

AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and...

AmeriCorps State and National

AmeriCorps State and National programs engage AmeriCorps members in providing direct service to address unmet...

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service To America)

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers...