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Figure 3: HUD's CoC Housing and Supportive Services Distribution
80 42 40
2002 2004 2006 2008
HUD and HHS, which both have missions to address homelessness, have
not adopted some of the key practices that could be used to enhance
collaborative efforts, particularly during the period when HUD shifted its
resources and responsibilities. HUD officials said that they consulted with
HHS prior to their shift in resources and responsibilities. HHS officials told
us that there was no formal discussion or agreement between them and
HUD about how HHS might fill the gap in supportive services created by
HUD's shift toward housing. We previously have recommended that
federal agencies adopt a formal approach-including practices such as a
memorandum of agreement or formal incentives focused on collaboration,
signed by senior officials-to encourage further collaboration. However,
while HUD and HHS have not previously done this, they reported that they
have started discussions as part of their demonstration initiatives for fiscal
GAO-10-724 Rural Homelessness
50GAO, Rural Economic Development: Collaboration between SBA and USDA Could be
Improved, GAO-08-1123 (Washington, D.C.: Sep. 18, 2009).
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