The Biden Administration launched ALL INside, a first-of-its-kind initiative to address unsheltered homelessness across the country by entering into partnerships with cities such as the City of Los Angeles, which accounts for 60 percent of the homeless population in Los Angeles County.
ALL INside is part of All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, which set a bold goal to reduce homelessness 25% by 2025 and ultimately build a country where every person has a safe and affordable home.
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 get unsheltered people into homes in six places: Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix Metro, Seattle, and the State of California.
Federal partners will collaborate with them to advance the following priorities:
- Fast tracking processes to bring people inside;
- Addressing documentation requirements and other red tape that prevent people from being housed quickly;
- Ensuring people can use existing resources like Emergency Housing Vouchers;
- Creating more regulatory flexibility such as support for expediting federal reimbursements; and
- Supporting local efforts to advance coordination with State and local agencies such as the local transit authority and public housing authorities
To accelerate ongoing efforts by local leaders, the Biden-Harris Administration will offer innovative and tailored support to participating communities for up to two years, including by:
- Deploying dedicated teams across the federal government to identify opportunities for regulatory relief and flexibilities, navigate federal funding streams, and facilitate a peer learning network across the communities; and
- Convening philanthropy, the private sector, and other communities to identify opportunities for follow-on support and collaboration.
- Embedding a dedicated federal official in each community to accelerate locally-driven strategies and enact system-level changes to reduce unsheltered homelessness.
“This is a historic agreement for our city – and I want to thank our partners in the White House, especially the President and Vice President, for locking arms with us to bring unhoused Angelenos inside,” said Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass. “I am so grateful to have a partner in the White House that understands the urgency here in our city of the great need to bring 40,000 Angelenos inside.”
The White House announcement builds on historic support by the Biden Administration to help states and cities battle homelessness. The American Rescue Plan (ARP) represents the largest single-year investment in ending homelessness in U.S. history and helped prevent a surge inhomelessness launched during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Treasury Department’s State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, for instance, the six ALL INside sites have invested more than $2.5 billion in projects focused on reducing and preventing homelessness.
The ARP also provided $5 billion for 70,000 Emergency Housing Vouchers—the first HUD voucher specifically for people experiencing homelessness beyond veterans. The ARP also delivered over $21 billion in emergency rental assistance, standing up a first-of-its-kind national eviction prevention infrastructure that has helped 8 million struggling households make rent and pay utilities bills, and kept eviction filings below pre-pandemic levels in the 1.5 years after the end of the eviction moratorium. Through the House America initiative, HUD and USICH worked with more than 100 communities to make the most of the American Rescue Plan; and in just over a year, they helped more than 100,000 people experiencing homelessness move into permanent homes.
Earlier this year, HUD released a first-of-its-kind package of grants totaling $486 million and approximately 3,300 housing vouchers to help 62 communities address unsheltered homelessness and homeless encampments, including $60 million to Chicago, $22 million to Dallas, $60 million to Los Angeles, and $36 million to other communities across the state of California.
President Biden’s Fiscal Year ‘24 Budget proposes unprecedented investments not only to urgently address homelessness but also to prevent homelessness, including through additional housing vouchers; emergency rental assistance; increasing the supply of affordable housing; and establishing a guarantee of rental assistance for extremely low-income veterans and youth aging out of foster care—two groups disproportionately at risk of and experiencing homelessness.