Housing and Transportation

Resources to Support Housing-Related Services for People Experiencing Homelessness (U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, 2024). Many people experiencing homelessness benefit from interventions that package housing (rental) assistance with case management and other wraparound supportive services. This document discusses programs that could fund such wraparound services. This can include HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) programs including Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH), Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness (TIEH), and Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI). Other programs in this space include Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Healthcare for the Homeless, both administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Homelessness: A Guide for Public Transportation (Transportation Cooperative Research Program, 2023).  Unemployment, low wages, poverty, and lack of affordable housing are the main drivers of an increasing homeless population throughout the U.S. in recent years. Transit agencies are being impacted by homelessness. While transit agencies cannot address the underlying causes of homelessness, there are opportunities to work with local partners to be a part of helping individuals in need, while providing a safe, reliable, and customer-friendly experience for all riders. This guide presents transit agency experiences and lessons learned as they have built on, newly implemented, or are considering programmatic activities that respond to homelessness.

Affordable Housing and Transportation: How Two Sectors Join Forces to Support Low-Income Populations (National Center for Mobility Management, 2014). Examines different strategies employed to support the travel needs of older adults, people with disabilities, and low-income families in connection with housing. Travel orientation, ambassador, buddy programs are featured.

Housing + Transportation Affordability Index (Center for Neighborhood Technology, 2013). A tool that measures the true affordability of housing based on its location.

Losing Ground: The Struggle of Moderate Income Households to Afford the Rising Costs of Housing and Transportation (Center for Housing Policy and Center for Housing Technology, 2012). This report focuses on the impact of fluctuating housing prices and increased suburbanization on transportation access.

Related Websites

American Association of Service Coordinators.  Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program, service coordinators provide case management services to residents of federally-funded housing programs, as participants work toward achieving greater economic and housing stability.

Center for Neighborhood Technology, an organization that promotes sustainable urban communities and developer of the Housing and Transportation (H+T®) Affordability Index, which examines transportation costs at a neighborhood level, and allows users to view housing and transportation data as maps, charts, and statistics for nearly 900 metropolitan and micropolitan areas—covering 89 percent of the US population.

Location Affordability Portal, a web page that provides estimates of household housing and transportation costs at the neighborhood level to help consumers, policymakers, and developers make more informed decisions about where to live, work, and invest. Developed to help consumers, policymakers, and developers make more informed decisions about where to live, work, and invest. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Transportation.


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