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Homeless to Get Help Finding Stable Housing

WASHINGTON (CN) - The Department of Housing and Urban Development has changed its focus in addressing the needs of homeless people in emergency shelters and transitional housing to "assisting people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness," according to new rules.

The new rules establish the Emergency Solutions Grants program in place of the Emergency Shelter Grants program.

HUD also has clarified the term "homeless." According to a new rule, "homeless" includes: An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; An individual or family who will imminently (within 14 days) lose the primary nighttime residence, no new residence has been identified, and the individual or family lacks the resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks, needed to obtain other permanent housing; Unaccompanied youth under 25, or families with children and youth, who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under this definition, but who: are defined as homeless under certain other regulations, have not had a lease, ownership interest, or occupancy agreement in permanent housing at any time during the last 60 days, have experienced persistent instability, can be expected to continue in the same status for an extended period of time due to one of a host of conditions; or Any individual or family who: is fleeing, or attempting to flee, danger related to the primary nighttime residence, has no other residence, and lacks the resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, and faith-based or other social networks, to obtain other permanent housing.

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