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Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (“HEARTH Act”)

The President signed the HEARTH Act into law on May 20, 2009. The final legislation reauthorizes and modifies the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 ("McKinney-Vento Act"). More specifically, the HEARTH Act modifies the Homeless Assistance titles covering general provisions, the Interagency Council on Homelessness, and housing assistance (i.e., the Emergency Solutions Grant, Continuum of Care, and Rural Homelessness Grant programs). It leaves unchanged the titles governing the Federal Emergency Management Food and Shelter Program (i.e., FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program), surplus federal property, and education and training.


To help communities as they prepare to implement the HEARTH Act, HomeBase has created a series of planning tools reviewing the changes enacted by the HEARTH Act and identifying the critical issues communities need to address for a successful transition.

HEARTH Act Overview PowerPoint

HEARTH Act Reference Tool

Transition Issues and Building for Success PowerPoint

Preparing for a Successful Transition PowerPoint