September 8, 2011
The eligibility rules for benefits and services vary according to each human service agency. According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD Gov.2011) and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA. Gov. 2010), the following table depicts a few examples of how the eligibility requirements can be similar and different for the same need.
|PROGRAM & AGENCY |TYPE OF MONEY COUNTED |ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT |CONCEPT UNDERLYING IDEA OF |BENEFICIARY UNIT OF CONCERN | | | | |“NEED” | | |Emergency Shelter |All resources are |Differs on families with and |Minimal temporary assistance.|Individuals, families, and | |Grant in Pennsylvania |taken into |without children under the age of | |households. | |by the U.S. Department|consideration. |21. | | | |of Housing and Urban | | | | | |Development | | | | | |Homeless Veterans |None required. |Varies based on type of military |Income support, permanent |Individuals | |Program by the | |discharge. One is usually |housing, and medical needs. | | |Department of Veteran | |eligible if he or she was | | | |Affairs | |discharged under honorable |...
References: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (2011). The Pennsylvania Code. Retrieved from http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/055/chapter289/chap289toc.html
HUD. GOV. (2011). Homeless Assistance Programs. Retrieved from http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/homeless/programs
VA.GOV. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/benefits.asp
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