Planet Gumbo is committed to being a clearinghouse
for information about Homelessness in America and to
provide Resources to help those in need.
Planet Gumbo, Inc. is a 501c3 Non-Profit Foundation founded by Bill "Sauce
Boss" Wharton. We encourage all who are interested to
do your part to help the homeless in your community and to advocate for the homeless. Here are some resources we have found. If you would like
to be added to this list or if you know of links we should add, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Healthcare for the Homeless Council
Homeless Children's and family advocacy
Homeless Assistance Agencies
Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) - Members of the Interagency
Council on Homelessness develop innovative $35 million funding opportunity to
improve the delivery of federal resources to help end chronic homelessness
Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) - an agency
of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department
of Health and Human Services, whose mission is to increase access
to comprehensive primary and preventive health care and to improve
the health status of underserved and vulnerable populations. The
Bureau administers the
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - an agency of the
Department of Health and Human Services located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. This
site includes health data standards, scientific and surveillance data, health
statistics, laboratory information, and information about grant and
cooperative agreement funding opportunities.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) -
an agency of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),
Department of Health and Human Services, which administers two targeted
homeless grant programs
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - provides
information about HUD programs, community and marketplace issues, housing
options, and research on housing and community-related materials.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - provides information
about veterans' benefits and services including an online Directory
of Veterans Service Organizations
Community Connections Information Center - provides information for
the HUD office of Community Planning & Development, including consolidated
work plan summaries and funding information.
National Housing Institute - covers housing and community development
issues, includes articles from Shelterforce, and provides links to other
housing development sites.
National Housing Law Project - works to advance housing justice for
the poor by increasing and preserving the supply of decent affordable housing.
This site contains helpful information on public housing, Section 8 and other
National Housing Trust Fund Campaign - a growing national campaign for
a trust fund to support the construction or rehabilitation of 1.5 million
units of affordable housing over the next 10 years. This site directs you to
legislative advocacy opportunities to support the fund and to increase the
availability of housing that is affordable for low-income people.
National Low Income Housing Coalition - a national advocacy
organization for affordable housing. This site contains background
information on housing issues, policy updates, and NLIHC activities.
Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities This guide has been created to help individuals living with disabilities, and their family members, in the process of buying a home of their own. Here one can learn more about the five important steps in buying a home and about financial assistance programs that are available for those living with disabilities, who want to buy a home.
Refinance and Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities
This guide seeks not only to provide the reader with the most relevant and essential resources needed to navigate the myriad of red tape and sometimes rigid processes regularly associated with real estate purchases; it also aims to educate you.
Homelessness Marathon - a radio broadcast that enables homeless people
speak to the nation from an overnight program that has originated from a
different city each year. Host "Nobody" broadcasts from outdoors to dramatize
the plight of people with nowhere to go to get out of the cold. For 14 hours
he interviews experts on various aspects of poverty in America (e.g. health
care, hunger, public housing, etc.) and takes calls from around the country,
in addition to talking with homeless people.
Institute for Children and Poverty - an independent research and
policy think tank based in New York City that conducts national research on
the causes of family homelessness, the demographics of this growing
population, and the programs most effective in assisting homeless families to
transition to stability and self-sufficiency. This site contains information
for policymakers, the non-profit community, education institutions and the
Center for Homeless Education - provides numerous resources on
homelessness and education for homeless children and youth - the Stewart B.
McKinney legislation, fact sheets on homelessness, resources for advocates,
links to other organizations that work with homelessness issues, a monthly
feature of a model program, listings of upcoming events, and a variety of
other information and resources on homeless children and youth.
National Center on Family Homelessness (previously The Better Homes
Fund) - a non-profit organization working towards long-term solutions that
help homeless families become self-supporting and active participants in
community life. Their mission is to translate research findings and field
experience into innovative programs benefiting homeless families across the
Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness - a coalition of
students and community members across the country to end hunger and
homelessness through service projects and action. NSCAHH trains students on
strategies to improve or create service projects that meet their community ís
Association of Clinicians for the Underserved - provides
information relevant to clinical practice, research and training
for clinicians and organizations serving uninsured or medically
Balancinging Act: Clinical Practices that Respond to the Needs of Homeless
People - a paper by Marsha McMurray-Avila, Lillian Gelberg and William
R. Breakey, describing special adaptations to clinical practice that are
necessary to address the most common health problems experienced by homeless
people. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law - includes information about
mental health law and public policy related to mental health care and
supportive services for persons with mental disabilities, including those who
Health Disparities Collaboratives - an initiative of the U.S.
Department of Health & Human Services to eliminate health disparities and
improve functional and clinical outcomes for minorities, poor people and women
through changes in health care delivery systems. The HCH Clinicians' Network
is a national partner in this effort.
Homeless Veterans and Health Care: A Resource Guide for Providers -
compiles current information about health care issues and resources for
veterans, explicates the complex array of services provided by the Veterans1
Administration, explores barriers that exist, and describes helpful
collaboration between the VA and homeless service providers in some
National Health Law Program - a national public interest law firm that
seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor,
minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. NHeLP serves
organizations and providers who work to preserve a health care safety net for
uninsured or underinsured low-income people.
Resource Center on Homelessness & Mental Illness Resources include
publications, annotated bibliographies, and information about training
opportunities on issues related to homelessness and mental illness.
National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) - a nonprofit
membership organization dedicated to solving the problems of homelessness
and to preventing its continued growth. The Alliance web page contains
information on programs, practices, legislation, and NAEH activities.
Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) - a national advocacy network
of homeless persons, activities, service providers and others committed
to ending homelessness through public education, policy advocacy,
grassroots organizing, and technical assistance. The site includes
a searchable bibliographic database with reference to research on
homelessness, housing, and poverty; calendar of events; legislative
alerts, and links to local state and national homeless/housing organizations
Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) - provides legislative
advocacy, public education and technical assistance for service
providers of homeless veterans.
Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty - advocates to
protect the rights of homeless people and to implement solutions
to end homelessness in America. To achieve this mission, the Law
Center pursues three main strategies: impact litigation, policy
advocacy, and public education. This site provides information on
homelessness and describes current projects, publications, and activities.
Network for Youth - provides Washington D.C.-based advocacy to protect
key legislation and funding for community-based youth programs, including
those for homeless and runaway youth.
Physicians for a
National Health Program (PNHP) - a non-partisan, voluntary
organization that advocates for a universal, comprehensive, single-payer
national health care program. PNHP has over 9,000 members and chapters across
the United States.
- online information about federal legislation. Maintained
by the U.S. Library of Congress, THOMAS provides a searchable
database of bills introduced in the 104th and 105th Congresses.
It also contains the Congressional Record, searchable by keyword.