Opportunities for Making Significant Progress in Ending Homelessness

National Alliance to End Homelessness

According to a blog post written by Steve Berg of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2014 is expected to be a year of increased support and investment in rapid re-housing, programs and services for veterans, and health care and housing programs for low-income individuals.

While 2013 marked a year of cuts in funding for Section 8, public housing, and the Continuum of Care, it is anticipated that resources will be reallocated to support these programs. In the latter part of 2013, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program and the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program received an increase in funding, which will help make significant advancements in reducing veteran homelessness this year. The expansion of Medicaid, along with the simplification of its Health Homes option and several other changes, will allow more homeless individuals to receive health care and provide funding for health care services attached to permanent supportive housing programs. Finally, a growing number of states are using local and state-level funding for rapid re-housing initiatives.

If the resources available for health care and housing for low-income individuals, rapid re-housing, and veterans are used strategically, the nation will see significant progress in ending homelessness in 2014.