The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has finalized its new definition of “chronic homelessness.” HUD originally defined “chronic homelessness” as having a disability and being continuously homeless for the last year or having a disability and having experienced four episodes of homelessness in the last three years. With this new definition, HUD specifies that the four episodes of homelessness must cumulatively total 12 months to meet the definition.
The new definition is the agency’s attempt to provide a more specific guideline to encourage providers to target intensive interventions to the most vulnerable homeless people. HUD has been working to revise the definition for several years and took into consideration contributions from a wide variety of stakeholders.
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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has finalized its new definition of “chronic homelessness.”