1. The Homeless Policy Academy Initiative, which began in 2001, was designed to help state and local policymakers improve access to mainstream services for homeless individuals and families. States formed Homeless Policy Academy teams consisting of senior state officials, including representatives from the governors office; staff from mainstream assistance programs; and local stakeholders such as providers, consumers, and local government representatives.
2. SSA may enter into agreements under which states or local governments are reimbursed for basic needs assistance (such as General Assistance) provided while an eligible individuals SSI/SSDI application was pending. Currently, 39 states have interim assistance reimbursement agreements with SSA (http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/ssir/SSI09/ProgramDescription.html#2351).
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