Helping the homeless find housing can involve raising money for a security deposit, participating in a local shelter’s partnering program, or building or fixing houses with Habitat for Humanity. The best way to help the homeless find housing comes from a combination of contributing money and food, advocating for the homeless, outreach and education. Anyone who knows someone who is homeless should contact a local resource such as a prevention program or emergency assistance program.
Many public and private organizations help the homeless find housing, including the National Community Action Partnership and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD helps more than 1 million people each year to find emergency, transitional and permanent housing. To qualify for assistance, a person must be literally without a home, must meet the federal definition of homelessness, or must be fleeing domestic violence or at imminent risk of homelessness. State and local governments work with nonprofit organizations to find housing for these families and individuals.
The National Coalition for the Homeless Directory of National Housing and Homeless Organizations provides lists of local programs to help the homeless find housing. Another way to help is to teach or fund professional skills training and professional clothing initiatives for ongoing independence.