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Developing a State Interagency Council to End Homelessness

We believe partnerships with local communities and states are more important than ever. Through collaboration at all levels of government, the nation can harness public resources and build on the innovations that have been demonstrated in communities nationwide to employ cost effective, comprehensive solutions to homelessness.

Every state and territory has been encouraged by USICH to establish, by Governor's Executive Order or legislative authority, a State Interagency Council on Homelessness with representation at the Cabinet level from the mainstream income support, health care, behavioral health, human services, Veterans, housing, corrections, transportation, education, and labor departments and agencies. Our guide to developing a state ICH provides an overview of the purpose and role of the Council and key elements that will make it not only successful, but also sustainable.