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Definition of Chronic Homelessness

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1.      An individual who:

a.         is homeless and lives in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter; AND

b.      Has been homeless and living or residing in one of those locations continuously for at least 1 year or on at least 4 separate occasions in the last 3 years where the combined length of time homeless in those occasions is at least 12 months. Each period separating the occasions must include at least 7 nights of living in a situation other than a place not meant for human habitation, in an emergency shelter, or in a safe haven AND

c.       Can be diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions: substance use disorder, serious mental illness, developmental disability, post-traumatic stress disorder, cognitive impairments resulting from brain injury, or chronic physical illness or disability

2.   An individual who has been residing in an institutional care facility, including a jail, substance abuse or mental health treatment facility, hospital or other similar facility, for fewer than 90 days and met all of the criteria in Paragraph A of this definition before entering that facility; or

3.  A family with an adult head of household (or if there is no adult in the family, a minor head of household) who meets all of the criteria in Paragraph A of this definition, including a family whose composition has fluctuated while the head of household has been homeless.