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Shelter is one of the most essential needs, yet many go without this basic necessity. Let us show you how you can help homeless individuals and families find safe places to stay, begin work or gain the skills necessary to work and regain control of their lives.

Mainstreaming the Response to Homelessness

HomeBase works with communities to achieve "mainstreaming" in three ways: client access to mainstream programs for incomes, treatment, and services; program structure to become a component outpost of mainstream agencies; and systems change to create better use of basic safety net services by homeless people.

We have conducted two national training institutes on this topic, in Washington D.C. We conducted a national presentation on mainstream strategies underway in communities around the country, highlighting examples of TANF, SSI and Medicare funds used for homeless housing. We participate as team facilitator in the national HUD-HHS Policy Academies on mainstream solutions for chronically homeless individuals, as well as homeless families. We brought together the State of California and communities throughout Northern California, Arizona and Nevada for a day to explore best practices in mainstreaming. This convening comprehensively informs the local work we are now doing to develop implementation plans with goals and timetables to link mainstream service and treatment resources to housing. An assessment of SHP program performance in aiding client access to benefits is now underway.



VA Agenda

HUD CoC programs information

HUD-VASH information

VA News

VISN 21 homeless resource brochure

Compensation & Pension benefits August 2009

Fresno benefits summary


Homeless Vet Resources



Foodstamp Report



Mainstreaming the Response to Homelessness:

Accessing Social Security Benefits


Mainstreaming the Response to Homelessness: Effective use of Mainstream Resources to Prevent and End Homelessness, Spring 2003 (.pdf)


Providers Accessing Medi-Cal Funds (.pdf)


Increasing Access to Food Stamps for people who are homeless (.pdf)