Biden Administration Announces New Initiative to Address Unsheltered Homelessness

The Biden administration announced on May 18, the launch of ALL INside, a first-of-its-kind initiative to tackle unsheltered homelessness across the country. Through the ALL INside initiative, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and its 19 federal member agencies will partner with state and local governments to strengthen and accelerate local efforts to move individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness into homes in five cities and the State of California. NLIHC applauds the Biden administration for its launch of the ALL INside initiative, which is a key component of All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness (Memo, 12/19/22).

The Biden administration will provide tailored support for up to two years to Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix Metro, Seattle, and the State of California, including by:

  • Embedding a dedicated federal official in each community to improve locally driven strategies and implement system-level changes to address unsheltered homelessness;
  • Deploying dedicated teams across the federal government to identify opportunities for regulatory flexibilities, navigate federal funding streams, and facilitate a peer learning network across the participating communities; and
  • Convening philanthropy, the private sector, and other communities to identify opportunities for support and collaboration.

Additionally, the administration will launch new efforts to address barriers to housing, health care, and other support for unsheltered individuals. HUD, for example, will help communities troubleshoot barriers to connecting people to housing assistance, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide technical assistance to help communities leverage federal programs like Medicaid to cover housing-related supportive services. HUD will collaborate with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration to address barriers that people may face when obtaining government-issued identification and other critical documents. FEMA will provide technical assistance to the cohort members to facilitate greater coordination in response to disasters, which often increase homelessness. Additional USICH member agencies have made commitments to support the ALL INside communities.

Read the White House fact sheet at:

Watch a recording of the White House initiative launch event at:

Read NLIHC’s statement on the ALL INside initiative: