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HEARTH Act Implementation
The Homeless Emergency and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 amends the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and enacts major changes to McKinney-Vento for the first time in 20 years. These changes allow for increased flexibility in who may be served and what activities may be carried out.
HUD believes that the changes introduced by the HEARTH Act present tremendous opportunities for communities to take a fresh look at strategies and programs for ending homelessness and see where they might be improved.
Much work will need to be done over the next several years to realize the possibilities introduced by HEARTH, and this process will inevitably be accompanied by some anxiety. SNAPS is committed to helping you take advantage of the opportunities that HEARTH brings and support you during this time of change. Ultimately, the work all of us will be doing in implementing HEARTH will move us closer to our shared goals of preventing and ending homelessness.
This message is the first in a series of messages that will be posted on the HRE in the coming months to keep everyone up-to-date on implementation of the HEARTH Act.
This message includes:
· Brief introduction to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act as amended by the HEARTH Act;
· Information on proposed regulations; and
· Information on technical assistance to help in transition to HEARTH.
Introduction to the HEARTH Act
On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed the Homeless Emergency and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. The HEARTH Act amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act with substantial changes, including:
A consolidation of HUD’s competitive CoC grant programs (i.e. SHP, S+C, and SRO) and a change to the definition of who is eligible to be served by them;
Formal recognition of the role of local governance, planning, data collection, and management, plus authorization of administrative funding to support this role;
An increased emphasis on performance of homeless systems and programs funded through HEARTH;
An increased emphasis on prevention and recognition of the rapid re-housing model; and
The creation of a Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program.
To read the amended and reauthorized McKinney-Vento Act, see The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act as amended by S.896, the Homeless Emergency and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009.
Technical Assistance on Making the Transition to HEARTH
HUD provides a wide range of assistance to help communities to plan their transition to the HEARTH Act including training conferences, sample tools and templates, guidebooks and white papers, webinars, FAQs, and a Virtual Help Desk.
The HRE HEARTH page will keep you informed about all HUD guidance and other assistance related to the programs. It will be updated as new information becomes available.
Thank you for your energy and efforts toward achieving our shared goals.
Last Updated 04/08/2013