Definition of Homelessness

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Definition of Homeless

The final rule on the HUD Definition of Homeless establishes four categories under which an individual or family may qualify as homeless. The categories are:

1. Literally Homeless – An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, meaning the individual or family has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation or is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living arrangements. This category also includes individuals who are exiting an institution where he or she resided for 90 days or less who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately prior to entry into the institution.

2. Imminent Risk of Homelessness – An individual or family who will imminently lose (within 14days) their primary nighttime residence provided that no subsequent residence has been identified and the individual or family lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing.

3. Homeless under other Federal Statutes – Unaccompanied youth (under 25) or families with children and youth who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under this definition and a redefined as homeless under another federal statute, have not had permanent housing during the past 60 days, have experience persistent instability, and can be expected to continue in such status for an extended period of time.

4. Fleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence – any individual or family who is fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.