Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Department is responsible for more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. Some highlights include: Medicare and Medicaid; financial assistance and services for low-income families; improving maternal and infant health; Head Start; preventing child abuse and domestic violence; mental illness and substance abuse treatment and prevention; medical and social science research; preventing outbreaks of infectious disease, including immunization services; and food and drug safety.

In FY 2012, the HHS budget totaled $866 billion. The Department is the largest grant-making agency in the Federal Government and a key health insurer. These activities are administered by 11 operating divisions. These components work closely with State, local, and tribal governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by State, county or tribal agencies, or through community- and faith-based grantees.

Treatments and services to persons experiencing homelessness are included in the activities of the Department, both in programs specifically targeted to homeless individuals (targeted homeless programs) and in those programs that assist eligible persons in need (mainstream programs).

More than 90 percent of the total departmental budget is distributed to provide services and benefits to poor, disabled, and underserved persons. These resources constitute a critical safety net in the lives of many people in the U.S. Representing a small portion of this funding, HHS has a portfolio of six programs specifically targeted to address the service needs of homeless persons: 1) Health Care for the Homeless, 2) Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals, 3) Services in Supportive Housing, 4) Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness, 5) Programs for Runaway and Homeless Youth, 6) the Federal Surplus Real Property program.

 

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

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SAMHSA Veteran Homelessness Panel - Guiding Principles and Strategies

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SAMHSA Homelessness Prevention Panel - Guiding Principles and Strategies

In April 2011, leaders from USICH, SAMHSA, and ASPE (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning...

Building Bridges to Self-Sufficiency: Improving Services for Low-Income Working Families

Jennifer Miller March 2004 In 2001, MDRC and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices began...

Sexual Abuse Among Homeless Adolescents: Prevalence, Correlates, and Sequelae

Jody M. Greene November 2002 Over the past two decades, there has been increasing recognition that...

Criminal history as a prognostic indicator in the treatment of homeless people with severe mental illness

James F. McGuire 2004 This study examined the clinical problems and treatment outcomes of homeless people...

A SAMHSA Research Initiative Assessing the Effectiveness of Jail Diversion Programs for Mentally Ill

Henry J. Steadman, Ph.D., Martha Williams Deane, M.A., Joseph P. Morrissey, Ph.D.,...

Web-Based Screeners and Applications: Potential Tools for Improving Benefit Access and Program Efficiency

HHS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation September 2011 ASPE released a new...

Findings from a Study of the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery Initiative

Jacqueline Kauff, Jonathan Brown, Norma Altshuler, Noelle Denny-Brown, and Emily Sama Martin September 2009 "The Supplemental...

Variations in Maternal and Child Wellbeing by TANF Participation

Nancy E. Reichman, Julien O. Teitler, Irwin Garfinkel, and Sandra Garcia January 2004 "This study uses...

Homelessness, substance misuse, and access to public entitlements in a soup kitchen population

Peter C. Nwakeze, Ph.D., Stephen Magura, Ph.D., C.S.W., Andrew Rosenblum, Ph...

Promoting Medicaid and Food Stamp Participation

LaDonna Pavetti, Kathleen Maloy, and Liz Schott June 2002 This study, 'Promoting Medicaid and Food Stamp...

Homelessness, Substance Misuse, and Access to Public Entitlements in a soup kitchen population

Peter C. Nwakeze, Stephen Magura, Andrew Rosenblum, and Herman Joseph January 2003 This study examines the...

Permanent Housing For Homeless Families: A Review of Opportunities and Impediments

Jill Khadduri and Bulbul Kaul Fall 2007 This report focuses on the role of federally funded...

Tenant Outcomes in Supported Housing and Community Residences in New York

Carole E. Siegel, Judith Samuels, Dei-In Tang, Ilyssa Berg, Kristine Jones and Kim Hopper July 2006 ...

The Evidence on Supported Housing

Debra J. Rog May 2006 This study reviews the evidence base for supported housing that was...

Outcomes of Homeless Adults with Mental Illness in Housing

Colleen Clark and Alexander R. Rich January 2003 This study compares the effectiveness of two types...

An Evaluation of an Initiative to Improve Coordination and Service Delivery of Homeless Services Networks

Greg A. Greenberg and Robert A. Rosenheck Feburary 2007 In 2003, the Department of Housing and Urban...

An evaluation of an initiative to improve coordination and service delivery of homeless services networks. Preliminary Report: Draft 2.

Greg A. Greenberg 2007 In 2003, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Health...

Current Opportunities for Medicaid Financing

Corporation for Supportive Housing 2003 This White Paper is part of an ongoing Corporation for Supportive...

Lessons From the Evaluation of the ACCESS Program

Howard H. Goldman, Joseph P. Morrissey, Robert A. Rosenheck, Joseph Cocozza, Margaret Blasinsky, and Frances...

Integration of Service Systems for Homeless Persons With Mental Illness Through the ACCESS Program

Joseph P. Morrissey, Michael O. Calloway, Neil Thakur, Joseph Cocozza, Henry J. Steadman, Deborah Dennis ...

Service Systems Integration and Outcomes For Mentally Ill Homeless Persons

Robert A. Rosenheck, Julie Lam, Joseph P. Morrissey,  Michael O. Calloway, Marilyn Stolar, and...

What Do You Know About Systems Integration and Homelessness?

Deborah L. Dennis, Joseph J. Cocozza, and Henry J. Steadman August 1999 Comprehensive systems of care...

Making Homelessness Programs Accountable

Dennis Culhane, David Eldridge, Robert Rosenheck and Carol Wilkins August 1999 This paper discusses how different...

Evaluability Assessment of Discharge Planning and the Prevention of Homelessness: Final Report

Garrett Moran, Rafael Semansky, Elizabeth Quinn, Rebecca Noftsinger and Teresa Koenig September 22, 2005 Past research has...

Housing first, consumer choice, harm reduction for homeless individuals with a dual diagnosis

Sam Tsemberis 2004 This study examined the longitudinal effects of a Housing First program for homeless,...

Homeless Children: Update on Research, Policy, Programs, and Opportunities

Judith Samuels, Marybeth Shinn, and John C. Buckner May 2010 This paper provides an update on...

The Effects of HIV Stigma on Health, Disclosure of Health Status, and Risk Behavior of Homeless and Unstably Housed Persons Living with HIV

Richard J. Wolitski, Sherri L. Pals, Daniel P. Kidder, Cari Courtenay-Quirk and David R. Holtgrave ...

Associations Between Substance Use, Sexual Risk Taking and HIV Treatment Adherence Among Homeless People Living With HIV

Mark S. Friedman, Michael P. Marshal, Ron Stall, Daniel P. Kidder, Kirk D. Henny, Cari...

Factors Associated With Adherence to Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy in Homeless or Unstably Housed Adults Living With HIV

Scott W. Royal, Daniel P. Kidder, Satyendra Patrabansha, Richard J. Wolitski, David R. Holtgrave, Angela...

Housing Status and HIV Risk Behaviors Among Homeless and Housed Persons with HIV

Daniel P. Kidder, Richard J. Wolitski, Sherri L. Pals, and Michael L. Campsmith December 2008 The...

Factors Associated With Incarceration History Among HIV-Positive Persons

Cari Courtenay-Quirk, Sherri Pals, Daniel Kidder, Kirk Henry and James Emshoff June 2008 Among persons living...

Health Status, Health Care Use, Medication Use, and Medication AdherenceAmong Homeless and Housed People Living with HIV/AIDS

Daniel P. Kidder, Richard J. Wolitski, Michael L. Campsmith, and Glenn V. Nakamura December 2007 The...

Physical and Sexual Abuse Among Homeless Adults Living With HIV: Prevalence and Associated Risks

Kirk D. Henny, Daniel P. Kidder, Ron Stall and Richard J. Wolitski November 2007 The purpose...

Access to Housing as a Structural Intervention for Homeless and Unstably Housed People Living With HIV: Rationale, Methods, and Implementation of the Housing and Health Study

Daniel P. Kidder, Richard J. Wolitski, Scott Royal, Angela Aidala, Cari Courtenay-Quirk, David R. Holtgrave,...

Treating Homeless Clients with Severe Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders

Gary A. Morse, Robert J. Calsyn, W. Dean Klinkenberg, Thomas W. Helminiak, Nancy Wolff, Robert...

Long-Term Effectiveness of the ACCESS Program

Aileen B. Rothbard, So-Young Min, Eri Kuno and Yin-Ling Irene Wong October 2004 This study examined...

Blueprint for change: Ending chronic homelessness for persons with serious mental illnesses and/or co-occurring substance use disorders

Susan Wells 2003 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for...

Sexual Abuse Among Homeless Adolescents: Prevalence, Correlates, and Sequelae

Jody M. Greene, Rebecca Sanchez, Jennifer Manlove, Elizabeth Terry-Humen, Sharon Vandivere, Richard Wertheimer, Stephanie Williams,...

Sexual Abuse Among Homeless Adolescents: Prevalence, Correlates, and Sequelae

Jody M. Greene 2002 Over the past two decades, there has been increasing recognition that runaway...

An experimental comparison of three types of case management for homeless mentally ill persons.

Gary A. Morse 1997 Three types of case management were compared to determine their relative effectiveness...

Preventing recurrent homelessness among mentally ill men: a critical time intervention after discharge from a shelter

Ezra Susser 1997 This study examined a strategy to prevent homelessness among individuals with severe mental...

Assertive community treatment for patients with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance abuse disorder: A clinical trial

Robert E. Drake 1998 Integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment within an assertive community treatment ...

The Meaning of Computers to a Group of Men Who Are Homeless

Kathleen Swenson Miller, Stacey Bunch-Harrison, Brett Brumbaugh, Rekha Sankaran Kutty and Kathleen FitzGerald April 2005 The...

Social Support, Drug Use, and Employment Among Low-Income Women

Victoria L. Brown and Micah A. Riley January 2005 This study examined social support and its...

Building Bridges to Self-Sufficiency: Improving Services for Low-Income Working Families

Jennifer Miller 2004 In 2001, MDRC and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices began an...

Vocational outcomes among formerly homeless persons with severe mental illness in the ACCESS program

Judith A. Cook 2001 This study examined the vocational outcomes of 4,778 formerly homeless individuals with severe...

Ethnographic findings from the Washington, DC vocational services study

Ernest Quimby 2001 Based on a 20-month period of participant observations and interviews of persons receiving...

A randomized clinical trial of supported employment for inner-city patients with severe mental disorders

Robert E. Drake 1999 This study evaluated the effectiveness of two approaches to vocational services for...

Cost and Threshold Analysis of Housing as an HIV Prevention Intervention

David R. Holtgrave, Kate Briddell, Eugene Little, Arturo Valdivia Bendixen, Myrna Hooper, Daniel P. Kidder,...

Accountability, Cost Effectiveness and Program Performance: Progress since ‘98

Dennis P. Culhane, Wayne D. Parker, Barbara Poppe, Kennen S. Gross and Ezra Sykes March 2007 ...

Costs and Effectiveness of Substance Abuse Treatments For Homeless Persons

Joseph E. Schumacher, Stephen T. Mennemeyer, Jesse B. Milby, Dennis Wallace and Kim Nolan June 2002 ...

Housing costs for adults who are mentally ill and formerly homeless

Barbara Dickey 1997 The goal of this study was to evaluate the costs, under two different...

Cost-effectiveness evaluation of three approaches to case management

Nancy Wolff 1997 In this study the authors compared the cost-effectiveness of three approaches to case...

Cost-effectiveness of assertive community treatment

Anthony F. Lehman 1999 Homelessness is a major public health problem among persons with severe mental...

Risk Factors for Homelessness: Evidence from a Population-Based Study

Katherine H. Shelton, Pamela J. Taylor, Adrian Bonner and Marianne van den Bree April 2009 This...

Predictors of Homelessness Among Street Living Youth

Natasha Slesnick, Suzanne Bartle-Haring, Pushpanjali Dashora, Min Ju Kang and Erin Aukward April 2008 While few...

Promising Strategies to End Youth Homelessness

Family and Youth Services Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families 2007 When the Runaway...

Characteristics and Dynamics of Homeless Families with Children

Debra J. Rog, C. Scott Holupka and Lisa C. Patton Fall 2007 Westat, in collaboration with...

Characteristics of Individuals With Severe Mental Illness Who Use Emergency Services

Alexander S. Young, Matthew J. Chinman, Julie A. Cradock-O’Leary, Green Sullivan, Dennis Murata,...

Transitions through Homelessness and Factors That Predict Them

Robert G. Orwin, Chris K. Scott and Carlos Arieira March 2005 In this study, "Transitions through...

Factors Influencing Homelessness in Women

Debra Gay Anderson 2004  The specific aims of the article were to: (i) compare childhood...

Determinants of Homelessness in Metropolitan Areas

Barrett A. Lee, Townsand Price-Spratlen, James W. Kanan July 2003 Why do rates of homelessness differ...

Incidence and Prevalence of Homeless and Runaway Youth

Jody M. Greene, Rebecca Sanchez, Jennie Harris, Connie Cignetti, Don Akin, and Sara Wheeless May 2003 ...

Incidence and Prevalence of Homeless and Runaway Youth

Jody M. Greene 2003 Homeless, runaway, and throwaway youth (HRTY) constitute a high-risk population that urgently...

Emergency department use among the homeless

Margot B. Kushel 2002 This study examined factors associated with emergency department use among homeless and...

Barriers to employment and the “hard to serve”: Implications for services, sanctions, and time limits

Sandra K. Danziger 2002 Falling welfare rolls in the US has focused attention on those remaining...

Employment histories of homeless persons with mental illness

Susan A. Pickett-Schenk 2002 This study examined the work histories of 7,228 homeless persons with mental illness...

Substance use and labor force participation among homeless adults

Cheryl Zlotnick 2002 This study measured the proportion of homeless adults in the labor force and...

Pathways to Homelessness among the Mentally Ill

G. Sullivan 2000 Persons with mental illness are over-represented among the homeless relative to the general...

Work attitudes, employment barriers, and mental health symptoms in a sample of rural welfare recipients

Lorraine C. Taylor 2001 Most of the extant research on welfare reform has neglected to consider...

Event History Analysis of Antecedents to Running Away from Home and Being on the Street

Kevin A. Yoder 2001 Event history analysis was used to study the correlates of running away...

Childhood risk factors for homelessness among homeless adults

Paul Koegel 1995 This effort used data from the Course of Homelessness study and comparative secondary...

National study of protective, preventive and reunification services delivered to children and their families

Department of Health and Human Services 1997 This report  presents the findings of the 1994 National...

Homelessness in female-headed families: childhood and adult risk and protective factors

Ellen L. Bassuk 1997 This study was conducted to identify risk and protective factors for family...

Predictors of Homelessness among Families in New York City: From Shelter Request to Housing Stability

Marybeth Shinn 1998 This study examined predictors of entry into shelter and subsequent housing stability for...

Access to Recovery

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Basic Center Program

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) serves runaway and homeless youth by funding the...

Chafee Foster Care Independence Programs

Administered by the Children’s Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, the...

Children’s Health Insurance Program: CHIP

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Child Support Enforcement Program

The Child Support Enforcement (CSE) program is a federal, state, tribal and local partnership to...

Community Services Block Grant

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program provides funds to states, territories and Native American...

Community Mental Health Services Block Grant

The Department of Mental Health at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)...

Consolidated Health Centers

Consolidated Health Centers (CHCs) provide health services to underserved populations which include all residents in...

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) provides the primary federal funding stream dedicated...

Federal Surplus Real Property

The purpose of Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is to provide suitable...

Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals

The Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals Program (GBHI) enables communities to expand and...

Head Start

The Office of Head Start (OHS) provides grants to local public and private non-profit and...

Health Care for the Homeless

The purpose of the Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program administered by the Health...

Healthy Start Block Grant

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) administers the Healthy Start program which is designed...

National Runaway Switchboard

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) serves runaway and homeless youth by funding the...

Maternity Group Home Program

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) serves runaway and homeless youth by funding the...

Medicaid

Medicaid is generally a means-tested health care entitlement program financed by States and the Federal...

Projects for the Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

Projects for the Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) supports programs that provide services for...

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS program began in 1990 and the majority of funds support primary...

Services in Supportive Housing

The Services in Supportive Housing (SSH) program was created to help prevent or reduce chronic...

Social Services Block Grant

The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) program provides flexible funding to assist states in providing...

Street Outreach Program

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) serves runaway and homeless youth by funding the...

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) administers the Substance Abuse Prevention and...

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs provide time-limited assistance to needy families with children...

Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant

Unique in its design and scope, HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block...

Transitional Living Program (TLP)

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