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FYI: Becoming Homeless for the Purpose of Receiving EA

Date: 
08/01/2005
Author: 
DTA

Reminds case workers that in order to deny EA to a family for becoming homeless for purpose of receiving EA, the case worker must be able to show not only that the person became homeless but also that they did so for the purpose of getting EA. This means that the case worker must be able to show that the person knew about EA before becoming homeless, and that they became homeless in order to get EA rather than for another reason-- even if they purposefully left housing (e.g. it could have been due to domestic violence or housing conditions). The FYI emphasizes that poor judgment on the part of the applicant is not enough to show they became homeless for purposes of getting EA.

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