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Homelessness

HHS is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and supporting the delivery of essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. As such, the delivery of treatment and services to persons experiencing homelessness is included in the activities of the Department. The coordination of these services, both within the Department, as well as with our Federal partners who provide housing and complementary service programs, is a critical component of achieving the goal of preventing and ending homelessness.

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been elected as chair of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to assist in the implementation of the first federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. Read the Statement from Secretary Sebelius.

On July 17, 2012, Secretary Sebelius gave remarks during the 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. Read the remarks.

On April 5, 2012, Secretary Sebelius convened her first meeting as Chair of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Read the meeting report.

Grants

Ending homelessness requires housing combined with the types of services supported by HHS programs. The delivery of treatment and services to persons experiencing homelessness are included in the activities of the Department, both in five programs specifically targeted to homeless individuals and in fourteen non-targeted, or mainstream, service delivery programs.

Research & Publications

In addition to grant programs relevant to homelessness, the Department of Health and Human Services also funds several resource centers and activities that provide valuable information for consumers, providers, and policymakers. Several HHS Operating Divisions also have web pages with agency-specific information related to homelessness.

Resources

In addition to research relevant to homelessness, the Department of Health and Human Services also funds several resource centers and activities that provide valuable information for consumers, providers, and policymakers. Several HHS Operating Divisions also have web pages with agency-specific information related to homelessness.