Although the House voted to end the Cold Weather Exemption program for homeless folks in an effort to balance the budget, the House has voted to allow all pregnant women and families with children to access temporary housing.
Under current conditions, there are exceptions regarding pregnant women and children as to who are considered “vulnerable” people. Right now, only pregnant women in their third trimester and families with children younger than six can qualify for housing for up to 28 days as “vulnerable” people. Families with children over the age of six need to qualify under a point-based system. The change expands the rules to include women at any stage of pregnancy and any minor children.
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