In order to better meet the needs of people who are homeless and those who are low income and living with HIV/AIDS, HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH), in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are sponsoring technical assistance (TA) to support states and communities in undertaking the systems changes needed to enhance integration and collaboration between the housing and healthcare systems. The goal is to maximize care coverage for the target populations and increase access to comprehensive healthcare and supportive services that can be coordinated with housing.
TA providers, including expert facilitators and subject matter experts, are supporting interested states and communities in convening two-day "action planning" sessions that focus on integrating healthcare and housing systems and services. Action planning session participants typically include grantees and subrecipients of HUD's Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) programs, representatives from local/state healthcare agencies, HUD and HHS regional and field office staff, and other interested parties. The process to deliver 20 of these action planning sessions is underway for states and communities across the country.
Visit the Healthcare and Housing (H2) Systems Integration Initiative webpage to read overviews of action planning processes, draft plans, and implementation progress by state. Information and materials are currently available for the following states:
- North Carolina
- New Mexico
The webpage is updated regularly, and more states will be added as additional action planning sessions are conducted.