Friday, November 18, 2011

Final rule on homeless definition released

On November 15, 2011 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released the final rule on the definition of homelessness. The new definition of homelessness will take effect 30 days after being published in the Federal Register. The final rule provides detailed explanations for the new categories under which households can qualify as homeless as well as the documentation requirements for agencies providing services. Persons may qualify as homeless under one of four categories:
1. Household lacks regular, fixed, stable nighttime residence
2. Household is at imminent risk of losing housing within 14 days
3. Youth 25 and younger or family doubled up or qualifying under other federal statutes 4. Households fleeing domestic violence or other life threatening situations

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