Can a child with a disability qualify a household as chronically homeless?

Date Published: April 2016

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Under the definition of chronically homeless, the head of household (either an adult or a minor if there is no adult present) must have the qualifying disability and meet all of the other criteria (i.e., length of time homeless) in order for a family to be considered chronically homeless.

Where there is no adult member of the family, then a minor can be identified as the head of household and that individual is who must meet the criteria.

Note: when there are multiple adults in the presenting family, or multiple minors in a family with no adult, HUD does not specify which adult or minor must be the head of household and relies upon the family to self-determine which adult is the head of household.

Tags: CoC Permanent Supportive Housing Program Requirements - Definition of Chronic Homelessness