LIFT (Living Independently for Today)
Eligibility - The applicant for LIFT must meet HUD's definition of homelessness to be eligible for the LIFT SHP. Basically, a homeless person is someone living on the street or in an emergency shelter, or who would be living in those situations without the SHP assistance. In acordance with Section 103 of the McKinney Act (42 U.S.C. 11302), a person is homeless if they live:
- In places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, abandoned buildings (on the street)
- In an emergency shelter
- In transitional or supportive housing for homeless persons who originally came from the streets or emergency shelter
- In any of the above places but is spending a short time (up to 30 consecutive days) in a hospital or other institution
- Is being evicted within a week from a private dwelling unit and no subsequent residence has been identified and the person lacks the resources and support networks needed to obtain housing
- Is being discharged within a week from an institution such as a mental health or substance abuse treatment facility or a jail/prison, in which the person has been a resident for more than 30 consecutive days and no subsequent residence has been identified and the person lacks the resources and support networks needed to obtain housing
- Is fleeing a domestice violence situation and no subsequent residence has been identified and the person lacks the resources and support networks needed to obtain housing
The term Homeless does not refer to any individual imprisoned or otherwise detained pursuant to state or federal law.
Challenge Program Eligibility - As defined by Florida Statute 420.621, homeless refers to an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, or an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is:
- A supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accomodations, including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for hte mentally ill
- An institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized
- A public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
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