Housing People Who Use Drugs (PWUDs) Series: Federal Funding and Programming for Housing Services
On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, NASTAD's Drug User Health team hosted “Federal Funding and Programming for Housing Services,” the third webinar in NASTAD's five-part webinar series, "Housing People Who Use Drugs (PWUDs)." This part of the series discussed what harm reduction service providers and advocates need to know about federal housing programs; how they can connect with local agencies/providers; and how to advocate for best practices for drug user health. Our speakers were William Ramirez from CDC's Division of Overdose Prevention and Joy Rucker, a long-time harm reductionist who works in Housing First programs in Hawaii.
The Housing People Who Use Drugs (PWUDs) Webinar Series focuses on the complexities and considerations of providing housing services for people who are in active drug use and experiencing housing instability. The webinar topics include cultural competence when housing people who use drugs (PWUD), program models for housing PWUD, federal funding for housing, and Section 8 barriers when working with PWUD involved in the criminal legal system. Each webinar includes speakers from harm reduction organizations and other service agencies working with PWUD from across the country.
The webinar series began on January 5, 2022, and reconvened on the first Wednesday of every month from 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET through May 4, 2022. All recordings from this webinar series can be found on NASTAD’s "Housing People Who Use Drugs" resource page.