ERIC Number: ED464185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-6
Reference Count: N/A
Homelessness: Improving Program Coordination and Client Access to Programs. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Housing and Transportation, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate.
Czerwinski, Stanley J.
This testimony on federal assistance for homeless people is based on issued reports and testimony over recent years. It highlights: (1) the federal approach to assisting homeless people; (2) actions of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to overcome coordination and administrative challenges posed by its homelessness programs; (3) inability of homeless people to access and use federal mainstream programs available to low income people generally; and (4) issues to address in considering future homelessness policies. Overall, the federal approach to assisting homeless people includes 50 programs administered by eight federal agencies (16 targeted for the homeless and the rest mainstream). Under the varying eligibility and funding requirements of HUD's four McKinney-Vento Act programs, HUD has been challenged to ensure adequate coordination among programs without creating undue administrative burdens for states and communities. Homeless people are often unable to access federal mainstream programs because of the inherent conditions of homelessness and the structure and operations of the programs themselves. Consolidating HUD's McKinney-Vento programs could help reduce the administrative burden on HUD, though the government must also alleviate barriers faced by homeless people as they seek mainstream services. (SM)
Descriptors: Coordination, Disadvantaged Youth, Emergency Shelters, Family Health, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Homeless People, Housing Needs, Low Income Groups
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each). Tel: 202-512-6000. For full text: http://www.gao.gov.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.