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of local providers as gathered from six site visits, we also conducted
numerous interviews with national stakeholder groups and federal agency
officials, and reviewed relevant reports and federal agency documents.
Based on all of the information we gathered and reviewed, we believe we
have correctly assessed the data collection, interagency collaboration, and
funding of supportive service issues referred to by HUD in their comment.
HHS's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation stated in written
comments that HHS strongly agrees with the importance of collaboration
with HUD to effectively address homelessness. In addition, HHS
commented that GAO's reference to the demonstration initiative-around
housing vouchers for homeless people-included in the Fiscal Year 2011
President's Budget was incomplete. We added an expanded description of
this initiative. HHS commented that the Patient Protection and Affordable
Care Act will contribute to filling gaps in supportive services for homeless
people. We did not examine the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act as part of our review. HHS also commented that the discussion of
funding and services in the report needs to distinguish between linking
homeless individuals with the services that they need and aligning services
with housing programs that target specific homeless populations. We
acknowledge that collaboration between HHS and HUD related to housing
and supportive services could take different forms. As we state in our
recommendation, the two agencies should explore opportunities to link
housing and supportive services while considering the most appropriate
forms and combinations for this collaboration.
We will send copies of this report to interested congressional committees,
the United States Interagency Council for the Homeless, and to the
Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services,
Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, and Veterans Affairs.
This report will also be available on our home page at no charge at
GAO-10-724 Rural Homelessness
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