Roundtable on Homeless Children - Discussion Synthesis. Appendix C. Selected Federal Programs That Assist Homeless Children and Their Families

07/15/2010

Selected Federal Programs That Assist Homeless Children and Their Families


 
Program Agency/ Department Who is Eligible Eligibility Service(s)
McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education Homeless children in schools. Must report they are homeless at a school Transportation to school of origin
Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services Low income children US Citizen or lawfully admitted immigrant, must meet specific income levels by state and age Health/mental health insurance
National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture Homeless children in school Must report they are homeless at a school. Then they are categorically eligible Free lunch and breakfast where available at schools
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture Children in households with a citizen or legal immigrant Income and resource limitations SNAP benefits (formerly, food stamps)
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Internal Revenue Service Low to moderate income workers   Refundable tax credit
Child Tax Credit (CTC) Internal Revenue Service Working individual with care of a child Must have a child under age 17, some citizenship requirements Federal tax reduction
Section 8: Housing Choice Voucher Program Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development Low income families, seniors, and the disabled US Citizens and some with eligible immigration status. Income requirements vary by location. Rent assistance
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services Low income families Eligibility varies by state as do work, school, and other requirements Cash assistance
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services Low income households Varies by state. In some states households who receive TANF, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or SNAP are categorically eligible Assistance for paying energy bills
Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor Workers who became unemployed through no fault of their own Varies by state Temporary financial assistance
Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) Departments of the Treasury and Housing and Urban Development Homeowners Homeowners with good credit and payment histories Home loan refinancing
Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP) Departments of the Treasury and Housing and Urban Development Homeowners Homeowners with good credit and payment histories Home mortgage modifications to lower payments and terms
Child Care Assistance through the Child Care and Development Fund Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services Low income families, families receiving TANF and those transitioning Assistance is for families that need child care to work or attend training or education for children under age 13 unless disabled or under court supervision Subsidies and payments for child care

 

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