Date Published: November 2015
In general, yes. In fact, under the Privacy Act of 1974, you may not deny shelter or services to clients who refuse to provide their SSN, unless the requirement was in effect before 1975 or SSN is a statutory requirement for receiving services from the project. For example, in order to receive Homelessness Prevention or Rapid Re-Housing services through Supportive Services for Veteran Families grants, veterans must provide a Social Security number in order to receive services because it’s relevant to verifying eligibility. The veteran’s household members, however, may decline to provide a Social Security number.