The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has clarified that for HUD-VASH and all other homeless programs, both HUD and VA use the homeless definition provided by section 103(a) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. The statute requiring the use of this definition by VA programs can be found at 38 U.S.C. 2002(1.)
In an effort to make the HEARTH homeless definition a bit easier to understand and apply, HUD has divided the general homeless definition into 4 different categories, which are explained below and in the Criteria and Recordkeeping Requirements document on the HUD HRE website.
Click here for the full homeless definition (and the definition for chronic homeless, also used for the HUD-VASH program can be found on page 4 of this document.)
Click herefor HUD’s division of the general homeless definition into 4 different categories. (Please note that the separate chronic homeless definition is not included.)