HUD Guide Helps Intake Workers Determine Homeless Status of Youth

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If you’re an intake worker, you know how important it is to connect young people to the right resources. And when local homelessness programs have different criteria, it can be difficult to point youth in the right direction and make sure they have what they need for the journey.

To make that process easier, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published “Determining Homeless Status of Youth” to outline the four main categories of homelessness for its Emergency Solutions Grants and Continuum of Care Programs.

The three-page guide includes a user-friendly chart to help intake workers match a young person’s living situation to the appropriate HUD category and required documentation for receiving services. An intake worker may need to contact a street outreach worker to help a teenager sleeping in a park, for example, or get a copy of an eviction notice for a young person renting an apartment.

The guide also includes three sample scenarios to help family and youth workers connect the dots between program eligibility and real-world situations. Readers may also benefit from the document's general guidance, which includes tips on documentation and a reminder to honor young people’s concerns for their safety.

Read the full guide, or listen to this archived webinar outlining eligibility criteria for HUD-funded programs and organized by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.

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Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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