The National Center on Family Homelessness, in collaboration with the Center for Social Innovation (C4) and HomeBase: The Center for Common Concerns, was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide training and technical assistance to recipients of the nearly $2 billion in annual HUD grants to address homelessness.  Technical assistance and training is provided to the 50 states and hundreds of jurisdictional and inter-jurisdictional partnerships, known as the Continuums of Care.

With the passage of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH) reauthorizing the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance program, there will be numerous changes to the way communities use federal funds to prevent and address homelessness, beginning in Fall 2011, including:

  • Introduction of an ongoing homelessness prevention component

  • Greater emphasis on rapid re-housing

  • Stronger requirements with respect to coordination of effort and measurement of program performance and systemic impact

  • New flexibility in the way rural communities can use federal funds to address homelessness

Cities and towns and the Continuum of Care partnerships that coordinate the delivery of HUD-funded and leveraged resources will need help translating and implementing those new requirements, and in adopting and adapting best practices for preventing and ending homelessness.  The Collaborative Partnership of The National Center, C4, and HomeBase, along with our pool of nationally recognized subcontractors and consultants, will be joining with other national technical assistance (TA) providers to offer that support. 

The Collaborative Partnership is pleased to contribute our knowledge and understanding of the human and clinical aspects of homelessness and our experience in developing and operating supportive housing and facilitating organizational and community capacity-building in urban and rural settings.  We have a broad base of expertise in addressing family and child homelessness, chronic homelessness, veteran homelessness, youth homelessness, rural homelessness, housing first, homelessness prevention, street outreach, employment and training, Homeless Management Information Systems, and performance measurement and evaluation.  We translate our knowledge and expertise into interactive curricula based on adult learning theory to deliver onsite and online training and technical assistance.

Supporting the re-integration, re-housing, and recovery of families and individuals that have experienced homelessness is at the very core of our organizational missions.  We look forward to supporting this important national effort, led by HUD and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.