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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 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:

The Toolkits can be found at http://naehcy.org/tk/tk.html.

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

dese.mo.gov

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