The National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services received a one-year $100,000 grant from the New York Community Trust to launch a National Homelessness Social Work Initiative. This initiative follows and builds on previous efforts in child welfare and aging, and aims to resolve existing curricular gaps and to empower the social work profession to lead in impacting homelessness. The overarching aims of this initiative are to:

  • Advance the agenda of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to eliminate homelessness; and
  • Engage social work programs in New York State and across the country in a coordinated effort toward the elimination of homelessness.

These aims are being pursued through three primary strategies. First, the National Center will work with partner social work schools nationally to increase the attention to homelessness in the social work curriculum and strengthen homeless services. Second, the National Center has partnered with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to engage the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, other government agencies, and additional schools of social work. Third, the National Center will initiate a saturation model in New York to engage all schools of social work in the state.

The National Center will provide stipends to current partner schools to support the activities described above, and will support the dissemination of homelessness curricula tools, ideas, and strategies. CSWE will also feature spotlights on partners’ innovations in homelessness, both inside and outside of the classroom, in their monthly newsletter.

The National Center’s blog and website will feature periodic updates on grant activities and progress, as well as features of partner school accomplishments. If you are from a college or university interested in learning more about the National Homelessness Social Work Initiative, or are interested in becoming involved in future work with the National Center, please contact Heather Larkin (

Blog Post Author: Amanda Aykanian, Research and Project Lead at the National Center


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