According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an individual or family is considered to be experiencing homelessness when they:

lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning that:

  • their nighttime residence is a public or private place that is not meant for human habitation;
  • they are living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, and hotels or motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state and local government programs for 14 days or less; OR
  • are exiting an institution where they have resided for 90 days or less and they resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution.

LITERALLY HOMELESS

will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence, meaning that:

  • their residence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for homeless services,
  • no subsequent residence has been identified, and
  • the individual or family lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing.

 IMMINENT RISK OF HOMELESSNESS

are unaccompanied youth under 25 years of age, or families with children and youth, who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under this definition, but who:

  • are defined as homeless under the other listed federal statutes;
  • have not had a lease, ownership interest, or occupancy agreement in permanent housing during the 60 days prior to the homeless assistance application;
  • have experienced persistent instability as measured by two moves or more during the preceding 60 days, and
  • can be expected to continue in such status for an extended period of time due to special needs or barriers.
  • have experienced persistent instability as measured by two moves or more during the preceding 60 days, and
  • can be expected to continue in such status for an extended period of time due to special needs or barriers.

 HOMELESS UNDER OTHER FEDERAL STATUTES

are fleeing, or attempting to flee domestic violence, have no other residence, and lack the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing.

FLEEING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE