Homelessness Assistance Programs

Homelessness assistance programs provide funding to States and local governments and nonprofit providers to serve individuals and families across the United States who are affected by homelessness. Select among the tabs below to learn more about specific programs; application, data collection, and reporting systems; national, state, and local data and reports; and the populations affected by homelessness.

Are you homeless or at risk of becoming homeless? Go to the Housing Assistance page to access a range of resources about housing, food, health and safety, employment and job training, and veterans assistance.

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Homelessness Declines in Most Communities of the U.S. with Increases Reported in High-Cost Areas

The 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress: Part 1 found that homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide since 2016, while local communities report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness and Veterans experiencing homelessness has increased. Read more about the key findings of the 2017 AHAR.


FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition Funding Announcement

On January 11, 2018, HUD announced over $2 billion to more than 7,300 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S. and Guam. These CoC grants will help end homelessness and provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness.


Disaster Recovery Homelessness Toolkit Recovery Guide for Local Jurisdictions

The Recovery Guide for Local Jurisdictions is now available as part of the Disaster Recovery Homelessness Toolkit. This toolkit is for communities that want to address the needs of homeless and vulnerable populations through disaster planning, response, and recovery.


System Performance Measure Resources

View videos, programming specifications, an introductory guide, and more on how CoCs can measure their performance as a coordinated system.


SNAPS Guidance

View SNAPS In Focus messages describing SNAPS policy priorities and key information relating to the implementation of the CoC and ESG Programs.

View SNAPS-Shots containing "bite-size" information to highlight and explain key concepts in the ESG and CoC Interim Rules.