Presentation on theme: " Under title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Congress designated $1.5 billion for communities to provide assistance to prevent."— Presentation transcript:
Under title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Congress designated $1.5 billion for communities to provide assistance to prevent homelessness and quickly re-house those who are currently homeless
“To provide homeless prevention assistance to households who would otherwise become homeless – many due to the economic crisis – and to provide assistance to rapidly re-house persons who are homeless” Temporary need is the key The household must be able to maintain stable housing after the program concludes FOR THOSE WHO WOULD BE HOMELESS BUT FOR THIS ASSISTANCE
Households who would otherwise become homeless (Homeless Prevention) Right on the brink of homelessness – not just late without any eviction notice Households who are homeless (Rapid Re-Housing)
In addition the meeting the income guidelines, the following must also be met: Rapid Re-Housing Homeless and it can be verified No housing options identified Lacks financial resources and support networks to obtain immediate housing Homeless Prevention At risk of losing housing, eviction notice No housing options identified Lacks financial resources to remain in existing housing
In addition to meeting the income and the minimum qualifications, household must meet at least 1 risk factor : Sleeping in an emergency shelter Sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, abandoned buildings, streets Staying in a hospital or other institution for up to 180 days but was sleeping in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately prior to entry into the hospital or institution Graduating from, or timing out of, a transitional housing program Victim of domestic violence
In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following risk factors will be considered when evaluating applicants for Homeless Prevention: Eviction within 2 weeks from current housing Discharge within 2 weeks from an institution in which the person has been a resident for more than 180 days Residency in housing that has been condemned by officials Sudden & significant loss of income Sudden & significant increase in utility costs Mental health and substance abuse issues Physical disabilities Severe housing cost burden (greater than 50% of income) Homeless in last 12 months
Under 25 pregnant or with children Current or past child welfare involvement Pending foreclosure of rental housing Extremely low income (<30% AMI) High overcrowding Past institutional care Recent traumatic life event Credit problems that preclude obtaining housing Significant medical debt Remember – It’s for those who would be homeless but for this assistance! Ask yourself, “Where will this household be if they do not receive this assistance?” If the answer is not “homeless” then they are not a good fit for the program!
Review of Referral Form
1.Your staff takes the referrals 2.The referrals are faxed or ed to the respective case manager for your area (contact information later). The release form must be sent with the customer’s signature. 3.The customer is then contacted within 3-5 days regarding their eligibility. If applicable, a face-to- face appointment will be made to gather documentation and do in-take.
We cannot do current/future rental assistance for anyone who is residing in a subsidized rental unit Homeowners (unless they have been foreclosed upon and need to move to a rental unit) The chronically homeless and those with numerous problems are probably not a good fit for this specific program. (Temporary need is the key!)
Preston, Monongalia, Tucker Counties Sarah Barker, – Fax referrals to Marion, Taylor, Barbour Counties Allison Tomasek, – Fax referrals to Randolph, Pocahontas, Greenbrier Counties Becky Brenwalt, – Fax referrals to Amanda Sisson, Case Manager Supervisor, ,