How to Register As Homeless

by Miriam Breeze

Homeless people search for food, shelter, and clothing to sustain themselves. Life is a daily struggle. Individuals displaced from their homes must often provide proof of homelessness to receive vital assistance. Food stamps, housing programs and some job training programs require such documentation.

Proving Homelessness

To receive assistance prove that you are homeless.

Contact an agency and determine what documentation you must provide to receive assistance. Each applicant applying for assistance from government agencies must provide information verifying neediness. Some homeless individuals reside in dwellings such as cars, parks or abandoned buildings, and providing proof of their residence is difficult. Example of documents that prove homelessness (actual or pending) include eviction notices, notice to quit (leave) from landlord or letters notifying the homeless person that he must leave the property.

Find the paperwork.

Make a list of all of the documents and signatures that you will need to qualify for aid. Gathering together the necessary documents is a daunting task. The application process often requires extensive documentation. Avoid delays in processing an application by providing all necessary paperwork at the beginning of the qualification process.

You may need someone else to verify your living situation.

If another person (third-party) must sign documentation to verify your homelessness, supply the third-party with the required documents. Tell the signer what information she will verify as well as who will receive the signed document. The third-party may provide the necessary information in the form of a letter. In writing a verification letter, the third-party should use letterhead stationary, include the client's full name and dates of homelessness and provide any other pertinent information. The third-party may be a homeless shelter provider, outreach worker, social worker, member of law enforcement, church official, provider of medical services or a member of any human service entity that can validate the homeless person's information.

Find the help that you need.

Submit the completed forms to the appropriate agency. Receipt of aid is based on category of homelessness. Classifications of homelessness include youth, adult, accompanied, unaccompanied, disabled and military veteran. Determine the program or agency that will provide you the most benefit and assistance.

About the Author

Miriam Breeze, a freelance writer since 2009, is a 12-year Marine Corps veteran and was a merchant mariner for five years. She specializes in health care topics and has published articles on and She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from National University and a California registered nursing license.

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