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Homeless Kids Count, So HUD Should Start Counting Them

A bill introduced in the Senate in late January proposes that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) use a definition of “homeless” that could enable more youth and families to access its services.

Homeless youth and families that are living temporarily in motels or who are “doubled up”—temporarily living in a family member’s or friend’s home—do not count as homeless under HUD’s current definition, and they are literally not counted in HUD’s annual point-in-time count, which counts the number of homeless individuals on one night in January. As a result, these homeless youth and families are only eligible for HUD homelessness assistance on a very limited basis.

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