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Mainstreaming the response to homelessness and implementation of Hearth Act changes to McKinney-Vento
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Since 2000, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has created incentives in the annual Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) competition to encourage communities to bring the resources of a broad spectrum of health, education, human and social services programs into the response to homelessness.

This “mainstreaming” approach can also be found in the Homeless Emergency and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009, which rewards Continuums of Care (CoCs) that leverage HUD assistance with mainstream resources and coordinate service systems with mainstream agencies.

HUD has undertaken a number of strategies to explore the relationship of services with housing. This message is to convey what HUD has done, alone and in partnership, and to provide information on what other federal agencies are doing to help realize the full benefit of these mainstreaming approaches.
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