- Fact Sheets
Date Published: August 2016
This fact sheet provides information on the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 (PRWORA), in which Congress restricted immigrant access to certain federal public benefits but also recognized exceptions to protect life or safety, based on a 3-part test. The fact sheet covers the types of assistance funded through the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and the Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs that are covered by the life or safety exceptions to the Act.
For more information on PRWORA's application to HUD's homeless assistance programs, refer to the joint letter released by HUD, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on this topic.