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Homelessness Assistance

HUD's homeless assistance programs are categorized as either formula (non-competitive) or competitive. HUD awards Emergency Solutions Grants by formula to states and local governments. It awards the Continuum of Care Program and other competitive funds via a national competition through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act or 2009. The HEARTH Act amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act with substantial changes, including consolidating HUD's competitive grant programs and changing HUD's definition of homelessness and chronic homelessness. Grant awards under these ‘legacy’ grant programs are still in place and the resources for those programs are still relevant.

Services and Assistance for the Homeless

If you are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or know someone who is homeless, help is available. For homelessness assistance, contact a local Continuum of Care (CoC) grant recipient.

Find a CoC grant recipient


Homelessness resources for health care, food, housing counseling, and job training and placement assistance are also available.

Find local housing, food, and health care assistance agencies

Resources for the chronically homeless

Resources for homeless veterans

Resources for homeless youth

Resources for homeless veteran service providers