The Homelessness Data in Health and Human Services Mainstream Programs study investigated which states currently collect housing status data from applicants for Medicaid and/or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the two largest HHS mainstream programs that may serve individuals or families experiencing homelessness. Information about data collected at application was collected in a survey of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In support of a broad goal of using the benefit assessment process to make referrals to homelessness services, the Housing Status Assessment Guide for State TANF and Medicaid Programs provides recommendations on a set of standardized housing status and homelessness risk questions that could be incorporated into state applications for TANF and/or Medicaid.
The Guide includes a Housing Status Assessment Tool, as well as a Housing Status Summary and an Assistance Priority & Response Matrix that could be used following assessment to determine the relative priority and appropriate intervention for each family or individual, based on present housing needs, as well as links to relevant federal resources.
Report Title: Housing Status Assessment Guide for State TANF and Medicaid Programs http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/09/HomelessnessDataHHS/HousingStatusGuide/index.shtml
Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation
Federal Contact: Flavio Menasce, 202-260-0384
Performer: Abt Associates Inc, Bethesda
Record ID: 9324.1 (Report issued December 1, 2009)