North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

TAC Summary of New Homeless Definition

On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed the Homeless Emergency and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 into law. The HEARTH Act expands and clarifies the definition of homelessness for the Emergency Solutions Grant and Continuum of Care programs (Supportive Housing Program and Shelter Plus Care) programs.
On December 5, 2011, HUD published the Final Rule on the HEARTH Definition of Homeless in the Federal Register. The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) has developed a summary of the new homeless definition, including a discussion of when the new definition can be used by existing programs.
Click here to download the summary or read it on TAC's website.
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