Housing Definitions: Knowing the Terms


Housing Definitions: Knowing the Terms

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides support through the Continuum of Care (CoC) to different types of housing programs. Each housing program type has different qualifications. As the designated CoC lead, the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness monitors the performance of these programs to understand how housing interventions function in Anchorage.

Learn more about the different housing types in today’s spotlight!


Transitional Housing (TH)

TH provides temporary housing with supportive services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness with the goal of interim stability and support to successfully move to and maintain permanent housing.

TH projects can cover housing costs and accompanying supportive services for program participants for up to 24 months.

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Rapid Re-Housing

Rapid Re-Housing is a solution to homelessness designed to help individuals and families quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing.

It is offered without preconditions (such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety) and the resources and services provided are typically tailored to the unique needs of the household.

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Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

PSH is an intervention that combines affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services to address the needs of chronically homeless people.

The services are designed to build independent living and tenancy skills and connect people with community-based health care, treatment and employment services.

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Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness Updates

The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) works with allies in the community to design, create, and lead the implementation of the Anchorage community plan on homelessness. More about ACEH

Coordinated Entry Training

Beginning December 2nd, 2022, ACEH shall start Coordinated Entry (CE) Assessment training every other Thursday at 10:00 am.

This training, along with ICA AKHMIS training, is necessary for any partner to become an Access PointIt is also necessary to take this training before receiving housing referrals from ACEH.

The CE Assessment Training goes over what an assessment is, who qualifies for an assessment, and how to request referrals into your housing program. ACEH highly recommends service providers attend to familiarize themselves with proper assessment processes.

Contact Mac Lyons, ACEH Coordinated Entry Manager at mlyons@aceh.org

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program
Per Diem Only (PDO) Grant

VA is announcing the availability of funding for new grants under the PDO grant component of the VA Homeless Providers GPD program in an effort to reduce homelessness among Veterans.

Applications for assistance are being accepted from eligible entities to provide per diem payments for facilitating housing stabilization for Veterans experiencing homelessness. Funding will support VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program PDO transitional supportive housing bed models and service centers. These PDO service models are designed to meet different Veteran populations at various stages as they move to stable housing.

VA anticipates that the grants will be for a period of 3 years starting in fiscal year (FY) 2024 on October 1, 2023 and ending September 30, 2026. VA anticipates awarding approximately 350 grants for a total of approximately 10,500 transitional supportive housing beds and 15 service centers nationwide. Applications will be accepted either for transitional supportive housing beds or for a service center. Applications for transitional supportive housing may include one or a combination of bed models (i.e., Bridge Housing, Clinical Treatment, Hospital to Housing, Low Demand and/or Service Intensive Transitional Housing). Applications may not request both transitional supportive housing beds and a service center within the same application.

This NOFO contains information concerning the program, application process, available funding, selection criteria and award process.

DATES: Applications for grants must be received by the GPD National Program Office no later than 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, February 6, 2023. In the interest of fairness to all, this deadline is firm as to date and hour. VA will treat any application received after the deadline as ineligible. Applicants should take this practice into account and submit their materials early to avoid the risk of unanticipated delays, computer service outages or other submission-related problems that might result in ineligibility.

ADDRESSES: Instructions for accessing the application are available at www.va.gov/homeless/gpd.asp. The required documentation for applications is outlined under the Content and Form of Application section of this NOFO. Standard forms, which must be included as part of a complete application package, may be downloaded directly from VA’s GPD program website at www.va.gov/homeless/gpd.asp. Questions may be referred to the GPD National Program Office at GPDGrants@va.gov.

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

U.S. Department of Urban Development (HUD)

A Primer on Affordable Housing Development and Key Funding Sources


This resource is intended for community agencies, Continuums of Care (CoCs), service providers and other housing stakeholders who are looking to develop or assist in the development of affordable housing units. It provides a high-level overview of affordable housing development process and highlights potential funding resources for each phase of development. View additional Rural Homelessness Resources.

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National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)

Apply for an #NAEH2023 Scholarship

Conference participation by people with lived experience of homelessness is central to the Alliance’s focus on equity and inclusion. It has a direct impact on the content, value, and orientation of these events.

The Alliance is accepting scholarship applications for the Innovations and Solutions for Ending Unsheltered Homelessness Conference. Applications are open to people who are currently experiencing homelessness or have experienced homelessness within the past five years.

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

Study Finds Supportive Housing Helps Reduce Arrests of People without Homes by Police for Minor Offenses

A new study from the Urban Institute, “Policing Doesn’t End Homelessness. Supportive Housing Does,” analyzes the impacts of the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative (Denver SIB), which provides supportive housing to people without homes who have been repeatedly arrested. The report also details the amount of time spent by police making arrests for minor offenses related to homelessness among members of the Denver SIB target population not receiving supportive housing. The study finds that people without homes are significantly more likely to be arrested for minor offenses than members of the general population and that police spend large amounts of time and resources arresting unhoused people for these minor offenses. Moreover, the study finds that people receiving supportive housing services experienced significant decreases in arrests for minor offenses.

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