How should recipients determine a family’s eligibility for assistance under the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program or for the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program when the individual members of the family are residing in different places upon presentation to the project?

Date Published: August 2015

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Under HUD's Homeless Assistance Programs, persons presenting together for assistance regardless of marital status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or gender identity are considered a family and can be served as a family in the ESG and CoC programs.

In general, when determining the homeless status of families where the individual members are not residing together when they present for intake into the project (e.g. one parent is staying in an emergency shelter and the other parent is staying with a child at a friend’s house), eligibility must be assessed using:

  1. The adult head of household (in cases where more than one adult is present in the family, HUD allows the family to choose which adult will be the head of household, for application purposes); or
  2. The minor head of household when no adult is present.

Tags: CoC Program Requirements - Eligible Participants ESG Program Requirements - Eligible Participants