"Now is the time to challenge our Nation to aspire to end homelessness across all populations—including families, youth, children, and veterans.” – President Barack Obama

Advocates who address the issue of homelessness focus on a variety of topics related to homelessness while representing diverse populations, geography, and approaches. USICH has committed itself to be transparent in its work and have included the knowledge and engagement of advocates from across the country in the development of Opening Doors.

For the most recent updates from USICH and from our partners on initiatives to prevent and end homelessness visit our Media Center.

Below you will find resources, information, and programs that can keep advocates informed:

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

Housing is Healthcare

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

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

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

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

Successful Partnerships through Aligned Missions and Empathetic Relationships

Ensuring that Homelessness Never Follows Foster Care

Baltimore Takes Steps Forward to End Youth Homelessness

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

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

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

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

Wichita Police Department: Making a Difference for People Experiencing 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

How Medicaid Expansion Will Benefit People Experiencing Homelessness

How Coordinated Entry is Working on Skid Row

Rapid Re-Housing is Working in DC

In Indian Country, Serving Those Who Have Served

Peer Mentors and Navigators are What We Need

Emerging research indicates rapid re-housing sets up for success

Homeless Gay and Transgender Youth Count!

A Glimpse into the Realities and Solutions for Ending Youth Homelessness

Reducing the Criminalization of Homelessness

Mayor Nutter Addresses Homelessness in Speech to the US Conference of Mayors

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

June 22, 2015                             ...

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...

Obama Administration Renews Critical Support for nearly 7,100 Local Homelessness Programs across U.S.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced nearly $1.6 billion in grants to renew support for 7,100...

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...

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...

“In Order to House Everyone, We Must Tear Down Some Walls…”

In this speech delivered at the Georgia Supportive Housing Association annual conference, USICH Policy Director...

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...

Building the Plan

During the development of Opening Doors, USICH stressed the importance of transparency and feedback from...


"Now is the time to challenge our Nation to aspire to end homelessness across all...