The FINAL Chronic Homeless Rule went into effect on January 15, 2016. Any persons served in permanent supportive housing (PSH) that is required to serve persons that are chronically homeless (either dedicated or prioritized) may only accept new participants that meet this definition. Program participants who are already residing in these programs will not be affected.
In the coming weeks, HUD will be offering multiple webinars to ensure that all Continuums of Care (CoCs), recipients of CoC Program-funded PSH, and other stakeholders have the opportunity to hear more about the definition and what HUD expects. They will send out a listserv with information about those dates and how to register. A new help desk is now available for questions specific to the definition of chronically homeless. Those questions can be submitted through the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) Portal.