Information Resources for Housing and Homelessness

Guide to VA Mental Health Services for Veterans and Families

Details the mental health services Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals and clinics offer for veterans and their families and describes the VHA guiding principles for mental healthcare. Discusses the resources available for veterans and family members, and instructions on locating mental healthcare facilities and providers, including suicide prevention services and telemedicine visits. Covers treatment options for common mental health concerns, such as depression, substance abuse, and post traumatic stress disorder. Offers information on specific programs available to veterans with special needs, including women, those experiencing homelessness, veterans involved with the criminal justice system, and seniors.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
HUD Exchange

Serves as an information clearinghouse on all U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs and policy areas related to housing development, community and economic development, housing assistance, homelessness, supportive housing and services, and more. Provides online training, policy guidance, toolkits, and other resources to help community partners utilize HUD programs. Offers program support and technical assistance, as well as data and profiles of organizations that receive HUD funding.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD Exchange Rural Gateway

Serves as an information clearinghouse on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, services, resources, tools, and training to support housing and economic development in rural and underserved areas, including tribal populations and veterans. Offers individual technical assistance and peer learning opportunities. Includes detailed case studies of successful programs and information on rural programs HUD previously funded. Provides links to HUD resources and information in support of community responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sponsor: Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development
Inspire and Think Big: Recovery Communities' Role in Challenging Times, Part 4

Interview with Callan Howton, Director of the National Peer-Run Training and TA Center for Addiction Recovery Peer Support. Highlights how this model of providing recovery housing can be used to advance recovery communities and help individuals maintain recovery from substance use during periods of change and disruption, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Product of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network funded by a cooperative agreement through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA Crisis Services: Meeting Needs, Saving Lives

Shares national guidelines for behavioral health crisis care best practice toolkit from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and a 2020 technical assistance paper series focused on crisis services. Offers information to support mental health authorities, agency administrators, service providers, and other state and local leaders in the design, development, implementation, and quality improvement of behavioral health crisis systems. Details components of crisis services and best practices, along with tools for implementing and evaluating care that aligns with national guidelines. Addresses key issues related to crisis services, including homelessness, technology advances, substance use, legal issues, financing crisis care, diverse populations, children and adolescents, rural and frontier areas, and the role of law enforcement.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA Homelessness Programs and Resources

Offers a collection of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) programs and resources designed to prevent and end homelessness among men, women, youth, and families with mental illness or substance use disorders (SUDs). Includes grant programs and services as well as publications, videos, and webinars on behavioral health treatment, employment assistance, housing/shelter programs, case management, trauma, and more.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
USDA Rural Housing Service

Provides information on programs, loans, grants, and loan guarantees to build or improve single- and multi-family housing and essential community facilities in rural areas. Focuses on investments that encourage economic development and improve the the quality of life for rural residents. Examples of essential community facilities include child care and community centers; facilities for fire and police; hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes; schools and libraries; and vehicles and equipment for first responders.

Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)