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Understanding the Definitions of Homelessness
November 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Is my client homeless? It seems like the answer should be straightforward! But different funding sources define homelessness differently for eligibility and have different documentation requirements. This workshop will break down these definitions – Minnesota homelessness, literal homelessness, youth homelessness, Category 4 homelessness, long-term homelessness, and chronic homelessness – and what sort of documentation is required. We will walk through examples of homeless histories to determine which definitions they meet and if their documentation passes muster. From assessor to coordinated entry staff to housing provider to funder, knowing about eligibility requirements is a valuable tool for ending homelessness for the people we serve.
Heather Duchscherer has worked as Metro Regional Manager at Hearth Connection since 2016 where she helps administer federal, state, and county-funded rental assistance and services that span the continuum from assessment to housing. Heather enjoys “nerding out” over policy and its real-life implications for human beings.