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Archived Homeless List Serve Messages

Subject:  Myths and Facts about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and  NAEHCY Unaccompanied Youth Toolkit

ListServe Message Date:  November 21, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) –has a fact sheet entitled:  "Ten Myths and Facts About SNAP for Homeless Persons". The fact sheet comes from the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service and contains the following clarification (among others):

"8. MYTH: Homeless youth have to provide their parent’s income when they apply for SNAP benefits. 


FACT: Homeless young people can apply for SNAP benefits on their own. Their parent’s income does not count. If you live in a shelter, bring a letter from a shelter employee that says you live there when you apply."

The fact sheet is available at

I'll also take this opportunity to remind you that NAEHCY has three new Unaccompanied Youth Toolkits on their website. The Toolkits consist of 1-2 page briefs on a variety of topics, including:

The Toolkits can be found at

Donna Cash

Supervisor, Federal Compliance

Coordinator, McKinney-Vento Program

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

P.O. Box 480, 205 Jefferson Street

Jefferson City, MO  65102-0480

Office:  573-522-8763  Fax:  573-526-6698

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