NAR supports cost-effective approaches towards preventing and ending homelessness. The individuals and families that are housing insecure or currently experiencing homelessness can be helped through evidence-based approaches, such as “housing first,” which prioritizes providing permanent housing as quickly as possible then providing supportive services as needed. NAR urges its state and local REALTOR® Associations to work with community stakeholders to develop innovative and proactive strategies to aid citizens experiencing homelessness or facing housing insecurity. Adopted May 2016
REALTOR® Success Stories
- Hawaii REALTORS® Look to Create Housing Opportunities for the Homeless
- Austin REALTORS® Accept Mayor’s Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness
- West Central Minnesota REALTORS® Help to House the Homeless
- Pacific Southwest REALTORS® Help Create Homeless Resources Website
NAR’s Housing For All Symposium
Housing For All brought together NAR and the affordable housing community to address homelessness and housing affordability. Speakers included representatives from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Center for American Progress, National Low Income Housing Coalition, NeighborWorks America and other leaders. Attendees discussed effective affordable housing solutions; shared innovative ideas, partnerships and experiences; and formulated plans of action for their communities. Housing For All built on NAR’s policy that urges state and local REALTOR® Associations to work with community stakeholders to develop innovative and proactive strategies to aid citizens experiencing homelessness or facing housing insecurity. For more information, view the Housing For All agenda and speaker bios.
- U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness is responsible for coordinating the federal response to homelessness across government and providing leadership for activities to assist homeless families and individuals with the goal of preventing and ending homelessness in the nation. Some agencies include:
- The Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and supporting the delivery of essential human services.
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Department of Housing and Urban Development funds a range of programs managed by local organizations to help the homeless, including shelter, food, counseling, and jobs skills programs.
- Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a wide array of special programs and initiatives specifically designed to help homeless veterans live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible.
- Department of Labor
The Department of Labor administers programs providing employment and training services that are crucial components in the comprehensive efforts to address the cycle of homelessness.
- Department of Education
The Department of Education supports a program that supports the coordination of the education of homeless children and youths in each state and gathers comprehensive information about homeless children and youths and the impediments they must overcome to regularly attend school.
- Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration’s mission is to advance the economic security of the nation’s people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America’s Social Security programs.
Questions? Contact Christine Windle at 202-383-1135.