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Recognizing the need to respond with urgency to our nation’s homelessness crisis, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, who serves as chair of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), is calling on state, tribal, and local leaders to partner with HUD and USICH to use American Rescue Plan resources, alongside other federal, tribal, state, and local resources, to re-house 100,000 households experiencing homelessness through a Housing First approach, and to add 20,000 new units of affordable housing into the development pipeline by December 31, 2022.

Tribal, state, and local leaders who partner with us are asked to set and achieve two specific, numeric goals:


House America's
Re-Housing Goal

House America's
Housing Creation Goal

Secretary Marcia L. Fudge set a national goal to Re-House 100,000 households from September 20, 2021 through December 31, 2022.

What is 'Re-Housing'?

'Re-housing' means successfully placing an individual or family household from homelessness into a stable housing situation with a Housing First approach. It includes, but is not limited to: rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, housing vouchers or subsidies, and federal, state, local, or philanthropic sources of financial assistance.

Who will be re-housed?

Any person or family who is residing in an emergency shelter, including a non-congregate shelter, or in an unsheltered location such as an encampment or vehicle. While households at risk of homelessness are eligible to be served using American Rescue Plan resources, House America is focused on ensuring resources also reach those who are currently experiencing homelessness.

What counts as stable housing?

Any apartment or other housing that is meant to be used as housing, meets code, has no maximum length of stay, and where the occupant has the rights and responsibilities of a tenant.

How should a community set a re-housing goal?

Inventory any federal, state, or local resources available to provide re-housing assistance through December 31, 2022. Identify what data you can obtain for each.

One approach is to determine the number of households historically assisted on a monthly or annual basis and add the expected impact of the ARP resources to that baseline.

Work with your local and federal partners and HUD to track your progress over the year.

Secretary Marcia L. Fudge set a national goal to add 20,000 units of affordable housing to development pipelines between September 20, 2021 and December 31, 2022.

What does 'adding units to the pipeline' mean?

It means to estimate the number of new permanent supportive housing (PSH) or Extremely Low-Income (ELI) affordable housing units that will enter the development process by December 31, 2022.

For House America, jurisdictions may use existing thresholds of project viability to determine which units to count towards their goals. For example, some jurisdictions may point to site control, others to preliminary approval for permanent financing. Jurisdictions should use their qualitative judgment and existing viability thresholds to determine when to consider units and housing projects as having entered the development process.

Who should be housed in these new units?

The housing creation goal should reflect an estimate for the number of units that will contribute to an overall effort to reduce homelessness. Communities may refer to preferences and procedures that ensure units are accessible to households exiting homelessness.

What types of housing units can be counted?

Permanent rental housing in which tenants have leases that define rights and responsibilities of tenancy and that are affordable to households at or below the Extremely Low-Income level as commonly defined by HUD. Units should be self-contained, including bathrooms and kitchen facilities for the use of their occupants.

They may be financed by HOME-ARP, ARP State and Local Recovery Funds, or other federal, state, and local resources, including but not limited to HOME, Housing Trust Fund, Section 8 project-based vouchers, and expected capital and/or operating subsidies.