Chronic Homelessness Order of Priority
All Ohio BoSCoC PSH projects must prioritize chronically homeless individuals or families first, in all cases, and must follow the order of priority described in detail below. Furthermore, when multiple chronically homeless are identified, those individuals/families with the longest histories of homelessness and with the most severe service needs should be prioritized before other chronically homeless with less severe needs and/or shorter histories of homelessness. PSH projects must participate in local PSH Prioritization Workgroups and make prioritization decisions in that workgroup. Additionally, in cases where an eligible chronically homeless veteran has been identified, and that veteran is not eligible for VA programs, PSH providers should prioritize the homeless veteran for assistance.
- Chronically homeless individuals/families with the longest history of homelessness and most severe service need.
- Chronically homeless individuals/families with the longest history of homelessness
- Chronically homeless individuals/families with the most severe service needs
- All other chronically homeless individuals
Serving Specific Disability Types
In general, limiting assistance to persons with a specific disability type, such as serious mental illness, is not permitted by HUD, as this is a violation of the Fair Housing Act.
The only exception to this is for projects that were originally awarded under the Shelter Plus Care or Supportive Housing Program and renewed under the CoC Program. If certain conditions are met, these projects could be permitted to limit assistance to persons with specific disabilities, (e.g., persons with a mental health disability).
Although CoC-funded projects may target specific subpopulations and develop specialized services for those subpopulations, they are NOT permitted to limit enrollment into the PSH project only to people with specific disabilities or attributes. These projects must also accept clients without a specific diagnosis who would benefit from the project and services.
Ohio BoSCoC PSH Webinar – May 2, 2018
Ohio BoSCoC PSH Webinar Handout – May 2, 2018
Ohio BoSCoC PSH FAQ – October 17, 2018
The Corporation for Supportive Housing
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