Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act (HR 161, 115th Congress)

The Policy

What it does

Amends the Public Health Service Act to establish a grant program to provide supportive services in permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals and families.


HR 161 directs various federal departments to design national strategies for providing services in supportive housing that will assist in ending chronic homelessness and to implement programs that address chronic homelessness. It amends the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 201 et seq.) to allow the Department of Health and Human Services to award grants to address chronic homelessness.

The bill defines "chronic homelessness" as those individuals who

  • Have been homeless for at least a year or at least four times within the last three years; and
  • "[Have] an adult head of household … with a diagnosable substance use disorder, a serious mental illness, a developmental disability …, post traumatic stress disorder, a cognitive impairment resulting from a brain injury, or a chronic physical illness or disability or the co-occurrence of 2 or more chronic physical illnesses or disabilities."