Model Procedures to Help Homeless Persons Obtain Identification
Without a photo ID, homeless persons often find that they cannot successfully move out of homelessness and toward self-sufficiency. They cannot get a job or access basic social services. They can be denied access to clothing closets, shelters, food pantries, and certain public benefits, all of which help move people out of poverty towards self-sufficiency.
Some states have implemented procedures to help homeless people obtain identification. Further, some federal programs have procedures that help homeless persons access benefits without identification. The examples in this fact sheet can serve as models for states attempting to find ways to help homeless persons overcome identification barriers.