Answer: The recording of RHYA youth in HMIS doesn’t create any eligibility for any service–it is just a data management process, and a way to integrate RYHA data with HUD data that are recorded in HMIS. RHYA, HUD, and our McKinney-Vento education definitions remain different, so our eligibility determinations also will remain different. The RHYA and education definitions are largely the same in practice, which means virtually every youth who meets RHYA’s definition also will meet our education definition, whether or not they are reported in HMIS. It’s not the recording in HMIS that creates the eligibility; it’s the young person’s living situation. Anyone in a shelter is eligible under our education definition and HUD’s definition. But HMIS and the RHYA data system (RHYMIS) are getting integrated.
HUD’s definition remains narrow, so the majority of youth who meet our definition and/or RHYA’s definition still will not meet HUD’s definition. However, any youth who is staying in a RHYA shelter or transitional living program should meet HUD’s definition while they are there (and of course meet the education definition). And youth served through RHYA street outreach programs who are living outside also should meet HUD’s definition (and the education definition).