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Housing and Services for Homeless Persons Demonstration
In the 2011 budget, the Department requested $85 million for incremental voucher assistance for the new Housing and Services for Homeless Persons Demonstration. This demonstration is premised on the Administration’s firm belief that targeted programs alone cannot end homelessness. Mainstream housing, health, and human service programs will have to be more fully engaged to prevent future homelessness and significantly reduce the number of families and individuals who are currently homeless. Two separate initiatives will be funded in an effort to demonstrate how mainstream programs can be aligned to significantly impact homelessness.

Homelessness continues to be a significant problem across the United States. The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s most recent national Annual Homelessness Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress (July 2009) estimated that about 664,000 people nationwide were homeless either sheltered or unshelteredon a single night in January 2008, down about 7,500 people (or one percent) from the previous year. While the number of homeless individuals in shelters was about the same as last year, the number of people in families increased by nine percent to 516,700, suggesting that family homelessness may be on the rise.

Budget Request
Building on the data outlined above, HUD’s 2011 budget is designed to move the nation down the road to preventing and ending homelessness by broadening its efforts to ensure a balanced response to the full range of men, women, and children who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. With the full funding of the FY2011 homelessness assistance budget, HUD plans to continue the progress made on ending chronic homelessness, while supporting efforts to prevent and end homelessness among veterans and families with children.
Fast Facts
  • The Budget reflects the fact that the HEARTH ACT, which transforms HUD’s homelessness assistance programs will be implemented in FY2011, creating new programs and altering others to better serve homeless men, women and children.
  • HUD and HHS have embarked on an ongoing-partnership to better connect housing and services for those who need them (frail older persons, persons with disabilities, homeless persons, among others). The FY2011 budget proposal to connect 10,000 vouchers with HHS mainstream (TANF, Medicaid) and other health and social service programs, and with programs for homeless children through the Department of Education emanated from this partnership.
  • The increases proposed the FY2011 budget will allow HUD to meet its commitment to move 6,000 homeless veterans from the streets to permanent housing each year for the next two years through its Continuum of Care homelessness assistance programs. HUD is partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs to meet President Obama’s goal of ending veteran homelessness in five years.