CoC Policies & Standards

Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition
to Housing (HEARTH) Act

The HEARTH Act was signed into law on May 20, 2009. The HEARTH Act amends and reauthorized McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act with substantial changes, including:

  • A consolidation of HUD’s competitive grant programs

  • The creation of a Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program

  • A change in HUD’s definition of homelessness and chronic homelessness

  • A simplified match requirement

  • An increase in prevention resources

  • An increase in emphasis on performance

To read the amended and reauthorized McKinney-Vento Act, see The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the HEARTH Act.