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 http://www.usich.gov/resources/uploads/asset_library/myths-homeless.pdf.
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:
Protocol for Enrolling Unaccompanied Youth in School: Whom Do We Call?
Unaccompanied Youth Identification Checklist and Tools to launch an identification event in schools and shelters (“MV-FAFSA Week”)
The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act Basics
FAFSA Basics and Practical Tips
Access to Services Tip Sheets (Medicaid, TANF, Social Security, SNAP, shelter)
The Toolkits can be found at http://naehcy.org/tk/tk.html.
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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