Collaborative Initiative to Help End Chronic Homelessness



The Collaborative Initiative to Help End Chronic Homelessness was a $55 million demonstration project implemented from 2003-2008. The project funded 11 communities to integrate housing and treatment services for disabled individuals who have experienced long-term homelessness. Specifically, six core services were provided for 3-5 years: permanent supportive housing, case management, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, primary health care and veteran’s health services.

Partner Organizations

  • US Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs
  • US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
  • Community-based organizations

Target Population

Medicaid enrollees, Medicare beneficiaries and veterans with disability and long-term homelessness

Care Team

Case manager, behavioral health professionals, physician, nurse


2003 - 2008

Results/ Studies

CICH Interim Summary


Federal grant administered jointly by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS [SAMHSA and HRSA]), The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)


HUD program description