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Published on Feb 6, 2014
A presentation of the findings from the HUD-commissioned Study of PHA Efforts to Serve People Experiencing Homelessness in the Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs.
The goals of the study were to: 1) establish a baseline level of current engagement of PHAs in serving homeless households, 2) explore barriers to, or concerns about, increasing the number of homeless households served or targeting homeless households, and 3) identify mechanisms to address or eliminate barriers to serving homeless households identified by PHAs. Through both a web-based and telephone survey effort, HUD was able to reach thousands of PHAs nationwide to learn more about the extent to which PHAs are currently serving homeless households, including ways in which PHAs are removing the barriers that often make it difficult for people experiencing homelessness to access housing assistance programs.
The presentation also describes innovative approaches being used by PHAs to partner with community service providers in order to provide stable housing to people experiencing homelessness, and suggest some options for encouraging even greater participation among PHAs that wish to make stronger efforts to serve persons experiencing homelessness in their community.