The HEARTH amends and reauthorizes the 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; and, An increase in emphasis on performance.
The Homeless Services Reform Act (HSRA) was originally passed in 2005 to address the problem of homelessness, the standards by which the District of Columbia and homeless services providers deliver services to clients, and to revise the procedures for resolving disputes between clients and providers of homeless services. The HSRA was amended in 2017 to reflect industry best practices on preventing homelessness and to focus on connecting those who are homeless to permanent housing.
The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP) complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (as amended by the Community Development Act of 1974 and the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988), Executive Order 110063, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The District of Columbia Homeless Services Reform Act of 2005 (HSRA) codifies the rights and responsibilities of clients of homeless services providers, and the standards by which the District of Columbia and homeless services providers must deliver services to clients. The HSRA, as amended by the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Reform Act of 2013, defines LGBTQ as a person who “self-identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, queer, or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.”
The Language Access Act of 2004, including updated regulations passed in 2014, provides improved access and participation in District services and programs for residents with limited or no-English proficiency. As a result, District government programs and services are required and equipped to assess and provide necessary oral language interpretation services and written translations for individuals and/or populations who are likely to be served or encountered. The Language Access Act of 2004 mandates that all District government services and programs create and implement a language access plan and designate a language access coordinator to ensure compliance. The Language Access (LA) Program exists to ensure District residents who are limited or non-English proficient are afforded equal access to information and services provided by the District. Residents who speak little English must be offered interpretation services and/or translated documents when obtaining government services, as required by the Language Access Act of 2004 For hard copies of any of the language access forms or for the access code to the language access line, please contact Charlene Traylor or by phone at (202) 543-5298 ext. 122