RL33764 – The HUD Homeless Assistance Grants: Programs Authorized by the HEARTH Act – 8/29/2016

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The HUD Homeless Assistance Grants: Programs Authorized by the HEARTH Act

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Author: Libby Perl, Specialist in Housing Policy
Pages: 40

The composition of the Homeless Assistance Grants changed when Congress enacted the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act as part of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act in the 111th Congress (P.L. 111-22). The HEARTH Act renamed the ESG program (it is now called the Emergency Solutions Grants) and expanded the way in which funds can be used to include homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing (quickly finding housing for families who find themselves homeless), and it consolidated SHP, S+C, and SRO into one program called the Continuum of Care (CoC) program. A third program carved out of the CoC program to assist rural communities?the Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program?was also created by P.L. 111-22. In addition, the HEARTH Act broadened HUD’s definition of homelessness. The changes in P.L. 111-22 have repercussions for the way in which funds are distributed to grantees, the purposes for which grantees may use funds, and who may be served. Bills: H.R. 5313, S. 1518