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Homelessness is a problem that affects many people in America. If you are homeless and need help or if you want to learn more about homelessness and how you can help, we have information for you.

Who are the Homeless and How Can You Help?

Generally speaking, homeless individuals and families are those who are sleeping in places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, and abandoned buildings, or those who are sleeping in an emergency shelter as a primary nighttime residence.
Learn more about the homeless.

Resources for Homeless Persons

HUD, along with many other federal agencies, funds programs to help persons who are homeless. These programs are managed by local organizations that we call "homeless assistance agencies."
Learn about HUD resources available to the homeless.

HUD's Homeless Assistance Programs

HUD's homeless assistance programs were created by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

They include:

Learn about the programs HUD has to help the homeless.

Other Homeless Assistance Programs and Resources

Federal partners that also provide homeless assistance include:

The Department of Health and Human Services and HUD have held a series of Homeless Policy Academies, which have been designed to help state and local policymakers improve access to mainstream services for the homeless.

Numerous nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, and advocacy groups are also involved with homeless assistance programs.
Learn about other initiatives to aid the homeless.

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