Homelessness Assistance Programs


Homelessness assistance programs provide funding to States and local governments and nonprofit providers to serve individuals and families across the United States who are affected by homelessness. Select among the tabs below to learn more about specific programs; application, data collection, and reporting systems; national, state, and local data and reports; and the populations affected by homelessness.

Homelessness Assistance


Are you looking for homeless resources in your area?

View the HUD resources available in your area through HUD’s Resource Locator Tool.

View the contact information for your local Continuum of Care (CoC) on the HUD Exchange.

Are you looking for homeless veterans’ information and resources?

Call the HUDVET National Hotline at (877) 424-3838, or view Resources for Homeless Veterans on the HUD Exchange.

Are you interested in HUD’s homeless program information?

Visit the HUD Exchange Homelessness Assistance page, where you can find a variety of information, including:

  • Recipient and grantee training resources
  • Awards information
  • Data and reports
  • Technical assistance request portal
  • Ask a Question (AAQ)
  • Homeless subpopulation information (including veterans, chronically homeless, and youth)

What is HUD doing to assist homeless persons?

HUD serves over 1 million people through emergency, transitional, and permanent housing programs each year. The total number of peoples who experience homelessness could be twice as high. There are four federally defined categories under which individuals and families might qualify as homeless:

  1. Literally homeless;
  2. Imminent risk of homelessness;
  3. Homeless under other Federal statutes; and
  4. Fleeing/attempting to flee domestic violence.

HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) supports the nationwide commitment to ending homelessness by providing funding opportunities to nonprofit organizations and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families. Through these opportunities, SNAPS advocates self-sufficiency and promotes the effective utilization of mainstream resources available to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.