Homeless Assistance Organizations
There are many local and national resources for homelessness, whether you are looking for help, want to provide help or want to learn more about homelessness in the U.S.
- Broward 2-1-1 Calling 2-1-1 will provide Broward County residents with assistance finding critical social services such as emergency financial assistance, food, shelter, housing, child care, job training placement, relief from abuse, depression, summer/after school programs, healthcare or mental support.
- Broward County Resource Guide Online search engine for services, programs and agencies.
- Broward Housing Solutions Their mission is provide quality, permanent and affordable housing opportunities to meet the needs of lower income or homeless people with disabilities who also have mental illness.
- Broward Outreach Centers Comprehensive Homeless Assistance Centers in South Florida
- Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc. Built and operates the Broward County Central Homeless Assistance Center on the Huizenga Family Campus. The complex is a 57,000 sq ft 200-bed residential community that serves as an emergency shelter.
- Community Partnerships Broward County phone numbers and links for a wide range of needs including homeless assistance.
- Covenant House The largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth. Advocates on behalf of homeless youth on local, state, national, and international levels of government. They are members of the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Board of Directors of UNICEF and have a prominent role in The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
- Florida Coalition for the Homeless An organization whose membership and Board of Directors include homeless advocates, service providers, members of the faith-based community, formerly homeless persons, educators, attorneys, mental health professionals and many others statewide who are committed to putting an end to homelessness and improving the conditions of persons living without shelter.
- Florida Department of Children and Families Office of Homelessness coordinates the services of the various state agencies and programs to serve individuals or families who are homeless, or are facing homelessness. Office staff work in conjunction with the 17-member Council on Homelessness to develop state policy. It also manages targeted state grants to support the implementation of local homeless service continuum of care plans. Council on Homelessness develops policies and recommendations to reduce homelessness in Florida.
- Homelessness Resource Center is an interactive learning community dedicated to disseminating knowledge and best practices to prevent and end homelessness. It includes providers, consumers, policymakers, researchers, and public agencies at Federal, State, and local levels.
- Homelessness Resource Exchange provides information on assisting people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Program guidance is available for use by Federal Agencies, State and local government agencies, Continuum of Care organizations, homeless service providers, TA providers, persons experiencing homelessness, and other stakeholders.
- LifeNet4Families Basic Needs Services program provides Broward County residents with a one-stop approach to assist them in resolving issues related to economic hardship. Families in need of support to keep from falling into homelessness can find counseling, financial planning, food, shelter assistance, Food Stamps, information, and referral to a network of collaborating agencies. Families are provided the help they need to eliminate threats to the family’s stability and risk to their vulnerable children. LifeNet4Families helps families navigate Broward’s continuum of care, referring them to partner agencies that can address more specific needs.
- Mission United offers Veterans contact information for housing and homelessness assistance along with other veteran related services.
- National Alliance to End Homelessness The Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. The Alliance works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help communities achieve their goal of ending homelessness. We provide data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.
- National Center on Family Homelessness An organization dedicated solely to helping families who are homeless. They conduct state-of-the-art research and develop, share, and implement innovative solutions to end family homelessness in America and give every child a chance. The National Center is an affiliate of American Institutes for Research.
- National Coalition for the Homeless A national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: to prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.
- National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty The mission of the Law Center is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.
- National Resource Directory connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families/caregivers and those who support them.
- Operation Sacred Trust is a collaboration of service providers who serve 1,000 homeless and low-income Veterans in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
- Pathways to Housing is based on the belief that housing is a basic human right. Pathways moves people who are homeless and suffer from psychiatric disabilities directly from the streets into apartments of their own, instantly making them part of a community. Once settled in a stable living situation, they successfully engage with the variety of services available to them.
- Public Housing Authorities (PHA) Guidebook to Ending Homelessness provides guidance and best practices PHAs can use to strengthen their collaborative efforts.
- U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is committed to ending homelessness and assisting Veterans in need. Each VA medical center has a homeless coordinator on staff and specific programs that provide Veterans the support they need to establish or maintain safe, stable housing. VA has also established the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans (877-4AID-VET, or 877-424-3838), a toll-free hotline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.
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