Efforts to Combat Homelessness By email@example.com Jul 20, 1892 Congress commissions Labor Department study Congress budgets money for a study on slum conditions in major US cities. Jan 1, 1932 Homelessness skyrockets due to depression As the depression rages, many people become homeless as their savings are quickly wiped out. Oct 25, 1949 Housing Act of 1949 This created an 810,000 unit public housing program with the goal of housing families. Sep 9, 1965 Department of Housing and Urban Development Congress establishes the Department of Housing and Urban Development May 17, 1983 National Alliance to End Homelessness Created The National Alliance to End Homelessness, a national advocacy group is founded. Jul 22, 1987 Mckinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act First significant federal legislative response to a growing problem. It includes 15 programs, and an interagency committee. Oct 21, 1998 Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 This reformed public housing initiatives. Jun 22, 2010 Opening Doors Announced USICH (United States Interagency Council on Homeless) releases the first comprehensive strategy to combat and eventually end homelesness in the US. It is titled Opening Doors. Mar 11, 2011 U.S. Government Supports Reducing Homelessness as Human Rights Obligation The first time that the US government has admitted that homelessness in the US implicates its human rights obligations.