Federal Links Relevant to Homelessness
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness is responsible for coordinating the federal response to homelessness across government and providing leadership for activities to assist homeless families and individuals with the goal of preventing and ending homelessness in the nation. Some agencies include:
- The Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and supporting the delivery of essential human services.
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Department of Housing and Urban Development funds a range of programs managed by local organizations to help the homeless, including shelter, food, counseling, and jobs skills programs.
- Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a wide array of special programs and initiatives specifically designed to help homeless veterans live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible.
- Department of Labor
The Department of Labor administers programs providing employment and training services that are crucial components in the comprehensive efforts to address the cycle of homelessness.
- Department of Education
The Department of Education supports a program that supports the coordination of the education of homeless children and youths in each state and gathers comprehensive information about homeless children and youths and the impediments they must overcome to regularly attend school.
- Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration's mission is to advance the economic security of the nation’s people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America's Social Security programs.
- White House
The White House has spearheaded the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to alleviate the poverty made worse by the current economic crisis. Broad investments also include $1.5 billion in Homelessness Prevention Funds to keep people in their homes or rapidly relocate them.