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APA Presidential Task Force on Homelessness Takes Up Advocacy, Stakeholder Engagement

Task force members visited Congress and brainstorm with key stakeholders on how APA can help end homelessness.

PI-GRO coordinated advocacy activities over the summer and fall to support the work of APA President James H. Bray’s Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness. PI-GRO arranged visits for Task Force members to urge Congress to support the Services to End Long-term Homelessness Act, H.R. 3636. Sponsored by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), H.R. 3636 would fund permanent supportive housing services including mental health, substance use, and health education and referrals.

The Task Force also recently hosted key stakeholders at APA to brainstorm about how APA can work more closely with federal agencies, advocacy organizations, and local housing and service providers on homelessness policy and programs. Stakeholders shared their experiences collaborating with psychologists and provided feedback on how psychologists can have a stronger impact on homelessness issues.