Biden-Harris Administration Partners With States To Address Homelessness

On November 1, HHS and HUD solicited applications for the Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator, which will support states in developing or expanding innovative housing-related supports and services for Medicaid-eligible people with disabilities and older adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. As the name suggests, the Accelerator will focus on helping states improve collaboration and coordination between organizations and systems that provide services and resources that help people find — and keep — stable housing in the community.On February 9, 2024, HHS and HUD announced that the following eight states and the District of Columbia were selected to participate in the Accelerator:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawai’i
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • North Carolina
  • Washington

The Accelerator will help the participating teams unlock critical resources to reduce homelessness by addressing health-related social needs, such as housing-related services.“Nobody in America should experience homelessness. Today we are taking important steps to help communities better access HHS’ programs to address homelessness and connect people with housing-related services and supports — which could be life changing,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “The Biden-Harris Administration has worked tirelessly to help people experiencing homelessness to provide needed services and supports that help them maintain that housing. We will continue to work on strengthening partnerships across housing, disability, aging, and health sectors and do everything we can to prevent and address homelessness.”The HHS press release has more information. You can learn more about the participating teams on the Accelerator website.