Training Resources for Program Staff

If you work in a public service field, whether it is a homeless shelter, hospital, ER, law enforcement, or any other public service, chances are you will encounter people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  These resources below provide brief introduction to homelessness and serving the homeless.   Please note, some of the resources are targeted at a general audience, while others focus specifically on programs dedicated to serving people who are homeless and receiving Federal Funds.

Resources for people working in HUD funded programs:

Definition of Homeless for HUD funded Programs

HUD Final Rule Defining Homeless

Eligibility by Program Type based on homeless status

Chronic Homelessness

Flow Defining Chronic Homelessness from HUD

HUD Final Rule defining Chronically  Homeless

Record Keeping Requirements for Chronic Homeless Status

Rapid Re-Housing Training

The Training Series offers an important overview of the core components of Rapid Re-housing and is consistent with national best practice standards. New SSVF staff should be encouraged to review all of these Webinars, in order, to attain a basic knowledge of the application of RRH principles and components. The goal of providing these Webinars is to improve program and community competency and effectiveness in ending homelessness.  Webinars are posted to the SSVF website and can be found here:


Educational Rights of Homeless School age children