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White House And USICH To Tackle Unsheltered Homelessness By Launching All Inside Initiative

The White House, in collaboration with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), takes on the challenge of unsheltered homelessness through the launch of the All Inside Initiative.

May 18, 2023

The White House and U.S Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) are about to launch a first-of-its-kind initiative known as All Inside to address unsheltered homelessness across the country. The initiative is a crucial part of All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to prevent and end homelessness and aims to reduce homelessness by 25% by 2025 and build a country where everyone has a safe and affordable home.

USICH, including the 19 federal member agencies, will collaborate with state or local governments for two years to strengthen and boost the local efforts to move people from the streets into their homes and help them recover from homelessness. The initiative will target six communities including Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix Metro, and the state of California.

The All Inside Initiative will be launched during a public event in Washington, D.C. by Ambassador Susan Rice, VA Secretary Denis McDonough, USICH executive director, Jeff Olivet along with local leaders such as Castro Ramirez, Karen Bass, Kate Gallego, John Giles, Bruce Harell, Dow Constantine, Jennifer Johnson, and Tem Carolyn King.

Ambassador Rice said, “President Biden firmly believes that everyone deserves a safe, decent, and affordable place to live, and from Day One, the Biden-Harris administration has taken unprecedented actions to lower housing costs, increase housing stability, and address homelessness. We know we cannot meaningfully address our nation’s homelessness problem without a distinct focus on unsheltered homelessness”.

Last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) collaborated with communities, enabling over 40,000 veterans to exit homelessness and transition into secure and stable homes. The initiative will help VA to deliver more veterans and non-veterans across America.

USICH director, Jeff Olivet says, “Homelessness was a crisis before the pandemic, and it continues to be a crisis now that the pandemic has begun to recede. It is unacceptable that people in America are living without housing or even shelter, and that they are suffering and dying from hunger, treatable illness, severe weather, and violence”.

It is the failure of systems that resulted in homelessness and must be preventing people from losing homes. The Bidden-Harris administration will embed a dedicated federal official in each All Inside community to bring some changes and reduce unsheltered homelessness. Besides this, the administration will also deploy dedicated teams across the federal government to figure out the federal funding streams and facilitate a peer learning network.

The administration will also identify more opportunities for support and collaboration. The barriers to housing, health, and other care will also be addressed by the administration. This will include:

  • Technical assistance will be provided to the communities by the Department of Health and Human Services to provide housing-related supportive services and healthcare.
  • HUD, SSA, and HHS will collaborate on the barriers which might be preventing people from obtaining various forms of govt-issued documents.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor will connect communities with local workforce boards and Job Corps sites to maximize employment opportunities provided by local and state governments for youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Technical assistance will be provided to the communities by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to facilitate greater coordination in times of disaster.
  • HUD will also guide communities to use regulatory flexibilities and speed up the process of moving people into permanent housing.

No doubt that federal support helped a lot to prevent overall homelessness during the pandemic but still, many homeless individuals are living in tents, stations, or other such locations.

HUD released $486 Million in grants and vouchers to assist 62 communities. All Inside communities also received these resources. The American Rescue Plan helped a lot in an attempt to prevent a surge in homelessness during the pandemic. Till now, All Inside communities have spent more than $2.5 Billion to prevent homelessness. $5 Billion was provided by ARP for 70,000 emergency housing vouchers to help people experiencing homelessness. It also delivered more than $21 Billion in emergency rental housing and helped 8 Million struggling households to pay rent and other utilities.

The 2024 Budget proposes investments not only to address homelessness but also to prevent homelessness and also to provide additional housing vouchers, and emergency rental assistance, increase the supply of affordable housing and establish rental assistance for youth aging out of foster care.

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United States Interagency Council On Homelessness. “White House And USICH Launch All Inside Initiative To Tackle Unsheltered Homelessness”. United States Interagency Council On Homelessness, May 18, 2023, White House and USICH Launch ALL INside Initiative to Tackle Unsheltered Homelessness | United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021