Homelessness

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 

NAR’s Housing For All Symposium (2016)

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.Housing For All Agenda

Federal Resources

  • 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.
  • White House
    The White House has spearheaded the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to alleviate the poverty made worse by the current economic crisis. Broad investments also include $1.5 billion in Homelessness Prevention Funds to keep people in their homes or rapidly relocate them.

National Organizations

 

Questions? Contact Wendy Penn at 202-383-7504.