Highlights of HEARTH Act, S. 896


National Alliance to End Homelessness

Federal Policy Brief | April 10, 2009

Files: PDF | 59 KB | 2 pages

On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed into law a bill to reauthorize HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance programs. The legislation makes several changes to the Homeless Assistance programs, and this two-page brief provides a short overview of those changes, which include:

  • Increased prevention
  • Family rapid re-housing incentive
  • Continued attention to chronic homelessness
  • Permanent housing solutions
  • Definition of homelessness
  • Consolidate HUD's competitive grant program
  • Improving homeless assistance in rural communities
  • Performance-based focus
  • Simplified match requirement
  • Funding

Click here to download the full brief.