Most homelessness assistance policy and programming is shaped and funded at the federal level.
Because the Department of Housing and Urban Development is the largest funder of homelessness assistance and drives policy at the state, regional, and local levels, significant change to HUD policy through legislation is needed.
Our focus for policy change targets three specific areas:
- Defining who is considered homeless and, therefore, what populations are eligible for services and funding;
- Expanding the approaches and programming that effectively serve homeless families, youth, and children, and
- Eliminating the current one-size-fits-all focus that prioritizes downstream interventions versus upstream, poverty-alleviating solutions.
Passage of the Homeless Children and Youth Act is vital to further our policy focus. To learn more about this legislation and how to encourage your representatives in Congress to help please visit:
If you are an agency serving homeless children, families or youth and would like to join the NCHS, contact us for more information.