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Defining Chronic Homelessness: A Technical Guide for HUD Programs

Date Published: September 2007



This technical guide is intended for non-profit local housing and service providers as well as local government agencies that are under contract with the HUD (HUD) to provide housing and related support services to the target population of chronically homeless persons. It is intended to answer frequently asked questions pertaining to the federal definition of chronic homelessness and the standards for qualifying persons for housing under this definition. It also provides suggested templates for forms and letters that may assist providers, government agencies, and their local partners in devising internal mechanisms to certify homeless persons for a program for chronically homeless persons.

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  • Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc.
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  • Peer Approved