The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (The HEARTH Act) was signed into law in 2009 by President Obama, and has been amended several times since. It reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Act and made several changes to the federal response to homelessness.
It redefined many terms used in the homelessness industry, including "Homeless" and "Chronically Homeless", it consolidated certain departments which eventually became the CoC program, it renewed emphasis on performance required for grants, and established the HMIS.
The HEARTH Act is the legislation currently being used by the federal government in its response to homelessness.
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