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1 Housing Options for Individuals in Transition. Angela Harper – Div. MH/DD/SAS Nicole Kiefer – ARC of NC Heather Dominique – Housing and Homelessness Nancy Evans – Div. of Aging and Adult Services Erin Russell - Div. of Vocational Rehabilitation

2 2 The Division of MH/DD/SAS The End Angela Harper/Housing Specialist NC DHHS - DMH/DD/SAS 3005 MSC Raleigh, NC Phone: Thank You For Participating

3 3 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) Contract with US Dept of Housing and Urban Development to administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) Some PHAs are also Public Housing Authorities Public Housing Authorities are created to provide subsidized housing and own and operate Public Housing units

4 4 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) There are 131 PHAs in North Carolina PHAs manages the largest supply of federal low-income housing Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) Public Housing

5 5 Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) PHAs are responsible for securing funding for vouchers, including HUD Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) vouchers. 75% of Section 8 vouchers must go to households with incomes < 30% AMI 75 PHAs administer 56,184 Housing Choice Vouchers

6 6 Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Rental assistance vouchers that travel with the household Allows people with disabilities the option to choose their own housing unit To be fully integrated into their community of choice

7 7 Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance Subsidies committed to specific unit in a building through a contract between the owner and PHA PBRA can lead to an overall increase in supply of affordable housing in communities NC has over 896 properties and 32,199 units with PBRA Normally the tenant pays 30% adjusted income towards rent and utilities

8 8 Public Housing Rent is typically 30% of gross household income PHAs maintains a waiting list (typically shorter than Section 8) 56 PHAs administer only Public Housing properties Each PHA has their own screening criteria

9 9 HUD Section 811Program April 2011 Notice of Funding Availability 114 million in capital advance funds plus associated Project rental assistance contract Supportive Housing for Persons with Physical Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, Chronic Mental Illness or any combination of the three Eligible Applicants are Nonprofit organizations having section 501(c)(3) Eligible Activities are new construction, rehabilitation, or acquisition

10 10 HUD Section 811Program April 2011 Notice of Funding Availability Meeting Threshold Requirements in documenting Need Application Project size limits Independent Living Projects Group Home Projects Application Deadline Date is before midnight on June 23, 2011

11 The ARC of North Carolina Nicole Kiefer Assistant Director of Housing Resources The Arc of North Carolina

12 Independent apartment units targeted specifically for persons with disabilities May have some supportive services built in – i.e. transportation, budgeting & shopping These usually are not licensed facilities and do not have 24-7 staffing Usually has project-based subsidy, tenant pays 30% income Owned/operated by private agencies Supportive Housing (Apartments)

13 Apartment Living

14 Supported Group Living* Five people share a home owned by an agency The agency provides routine visits & on-call support from staff Generally not licensed Residents pay a flat fee for room & board *also known as boarding homes

15 Provide 24 hour personal care & habilitation 4-6 residents per home Licensed by the State & owned/ operated by private agencies Room & board is paid for by SSI & Medicaid Special Assistance Residents typically have Medicaid and/or state funded services DDA Group Homes* * also known as Supported Living Homes

16 Group Homes

17 Person resides with a family other than their own to receive habilitative care Licensed by the State if more than 1 adult in same home. Provider receives SSI but not Special Assistance, plus Medicaid or other services Alternative Family Living (AFL)

18 NC Targeted and Key Programs Heather Dominique Division of Aging and Adult Services Housing and Homelessness

19 NC Targeted and Key Programs The Targeting Program is a disability neutral housing program for persons with disabilities who need supportive services. Targeted Units are integrated in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) apartment communities. 19

20 20 The Key Program is a state-funded rental assistance program that makes Targeted Units affordable to persons with disability income.

21 21 Persons with disabilities are referred by Approved Referral Agencies. To become an Approved Referral Agency, agency directors must sign an agreement and staff must attend training.

22 Aging and Adult Services Nancy Evans, Housing Specialist Aging and Adult Services

23 Special Assistance / In-Home Offered in most county departments of social services to eligible adults who need adult care home level of care but desire to continue living at home with additional support services. 23

24 SA/IH Details Counties choose to participate as SA In-Home is not an entitlement program. 91 counties currently participate (those that do not participate: Alleghany, Anson, Brunswick, Camden, Chowan, Jones, Perquimans, Tyrell, Washington). The SA-In Home program provides an alternative to placement in an adult care home – FL-2 must be completed and signed for applicants indicating adult care home level of care. 24

25 SA/IH Target population: adults over the age of 65 or adults with disabilities 18 and over who are receiving or eligible for Medicaid. When eligibility (based on income and need) is determined, a case manager works with the client and or family and or caregiver to develop a care plan and establish the amount of SA/IH payment. The monthly payment can be used for food, shelter, clothing and other daily necessities. 25

26 Other Options Other resources for home improvements and modifications for accessibility that will allow a person to remain in or return to independent living in their own home are discussed below. 26

27 Other Options Single-Family Rehabilitation (SFR) Program: The Single-Family Rehabilitation Program administered through North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, serves all areas of NC except entitlement cities. Using Federal HOME funds, the program provides between $200,000 and $400,000 on a rotation basis, counties every 3 years, to local governments, non-profits and regional councils. Talking points are: Applicants for the interest free deferred loans must live in their own single-family home. Household must have one or more fulltime members who are 62 years or older or adults with a disability. Household income must be at or below 80% of area medium income. The home would be eligible if moderately deteriorated for comprehensive rehab. 27

28 28 Urgent Repair Program (URP): The Urgent Repair Program is administered by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency using Housing Trust Fund dollars. Funds are available to local governments and non-profit agencies. Funds must be used to provide repairs and modifications to alleviate housing conditions which pose an imminent threat to the life or safety of individuals living in the home. To allow older adults or adults with disabilities to remain in their own home independent of institutional confinement. Those eligible are low income, owner occupied households. Applicants must be either/or: age 60+, disabled, single parent households or who live in households of 5 or more.

29 Home and Community Care Block Grant Housing and Home Improvement service administered by the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services through the regional Area Agency on Aging which identifies health and safety issues affecting the home or areas adjacent to the home and provides needed improvement to resolve those issues 29

30 HCCBG This service is optional per county – currently there are 29 counties which participate. Applicants can contact their regional Area Agency on Aging for more information Services can include home modifications for accessibility and minor home repair. Adults age 60+ are eligible to apply. click on Home Improvement and review item 30

31 Community Development Block Grant The Scattered Site CDBG program is administered by the NC Department of Commerce/Division of Community Assistance and the Entitlement Communities grant is a direct HUD grant. 31

32 Scattered Site: Every 3 years, county governments in 97 counties are eligible to apply for a grant of $400,000. Applicants must live in small cities – population of 50,000 or less and have critical housing rehab needs. Rehab can apply to certain manufactured housing as well as stick built housing. Homeowners with low-income can apply for this assistance to the county managers office. The assistance is a deferred or low interest repayable loan 32

33 Entitlement Communities: This is an annual grant opportunity. There are 23 cities and 3 counties that can apply for this grant. Grantees can provide for a suitable living environment, among other issues, to those with low to moderate income. Primarily supports affordable housing ownership opportunities. 33

34 Weatherization Assistance Program Priority is given to people 60 +, adults with disabilities and families with children. Must be low-income and energy burdened. Focus on improving energy efficiency and maintaining warmth in winter and cool comfort in summer. Replacement of inefficient heating and air systems can be an option. This program is not for homeowners only. 34

35 USDA - The United States Department of Agriculture: Home Repair Loan and Grant Program – Section 504. Applicants for the grant or low interest loan should be very low income homeowners Age 62 and older Live in rural areas of North Carolina Need assistance with repairs and improvements (includes ramp construction) which will make their home safer and more sanitary or assistance with the removal of health and safety hazards. 35

36 NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation – Independent Living Erin Russell Housing and Transition Specialist

37 Home Modification Options Displacement Prevention Partnership (DPP) Assists low income individuals with accessibility modifications such as ramps, bathroom modifications and grab bars. If you have a disability and are not served by an organization with Urgent Repair Program funding, you may be eligible for assistance. $5,000 lifetime limit. Referrals are made through the 16 regional Independent Living Offices.

38 Independent Living Offices Regional offices of NC DVRS 16 offices statewide Assist with home and vehicle accessibility modifications.

39 Affordable Housing Options in NC Thank you!


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