Looking for Homeless Assistance?
If you are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or know someone who is homeless, help is available. HUD, along with many other Federal agencies, funds programs to help persons who are homeless. Local homeless assistance agencies provide a range of services and assistance, including emergency shelter, food, housing counseling, and job training and placement assistance.
For general information on available resources, please visit the Resources for Homeless Persons page on the HRE.
Grantees and persons who need shelter can use the Continuum of Care (CoC) Contacts page to obtain contact information for a CoC lead agency and for the HUD Field Office serving the CoC's territory. The CoC lead agency should be able to direct you toward assistance regarding specific homeless assistance programs serving the CoC.
You may find the following resources to be helpful:
- Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Program
The CoC Program is designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness and to provide the services needed to help such individuals move into transitional and permanent housing, with the goal of long-term stability. More broadly, the program is designed to promote community-wide planning and strategic use of resources to address homelessness.
To locate CoCs around the country, find CoC contact information, find report data, and view CoC awards, visit the CoC Contacts page.
- Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG)
The ESG program is designed to identify sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons, as well as those at risk of homelessness, and provide the services necessary to help those persons quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.
To view a list of ESG awardees since 2006, visit the Grant Awards page and select "Emergency Shelter Grant Awards" from the Type of Report dropdown menu.
- HOPWA Program
The HOPWA Program was established by HUD to address the housing needs of low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
To find contact information for HOPWA-funded agencies in your community, visit the HOPWA locator.