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Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program (RHSP) Regulations and Chronically Homeless Definition Published March 27, 2013

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  • The proposed rule for the new Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program (RHSP) was published in the Federal Register on March 27, 2013. The public comment period of 60 days began March 27, 2013, and closes May 28, 2013. As this is a proposed rule, it will not go into effect until a final rule is published.
  • The purpose of RHSP is to rehouse or improve the housing situations of individuals and families who are homeless or in the worst housing situations in the geographic area; stabilize the housing of individuals and families who are in imminent danger of losing housing; and improve the ability of the lowest-income residents of the community to afford stable housing.
  • The RHSP regulation adopts the homeless definition, as implemented in the final Homeless Definition regulation, so HUD recommends that applicants refer to that regulation for further information about the definition and documentation of homelessness.
  • Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding the RHSP rule, including the chronically homeless definition, through May 28, 2013. Comments may be submitted to HUD either by mail or electronic submission at www.regulations.gov. For more information about submitting a comment, see page 2 of RHSP proposed rule.
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