United States Interagency Council on Homelessness


The mission of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is to coordinate the federal response to homelessness and to create a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the US while maximizing the effectiveness of the Federal Government in contributing to the end of homelessness.

Interagency Leadership and Collaboration

USICH is an independent agency within the federal executive branch and is composed of 19 Cabinet secretaries and agency heads.

The current chairperson is Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius serves as the vice chairperson. The Executive Director of USICH is Barbara Poppe.

USICH partners with these 19 federal agencies, state and local governments, advocates, service providers, and people experiencing homelessness to achieve the goals outlined in the first federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, Opening Doors.


USICH works with its partners to

  • Establish and maintain effective, coordinated, and supportive relationships with every federal agency;
  • Organize and support states and communities to effectively implement local plans to end homelessness;
  • Develop an effective portal to federal programs and initiatives;
  • Establish and maintain productive communications with Congress;
  • Establish partnerships with public and private sector stakeholders;
  • Monitor, evaluate, and recommend improvements in serving those experiencing homelessness and disseminate best practices;
  • Provide professional and technical assistance to states, local governments, and other public and private non-profit organizations.