What is the purpose of this service?
The Homeless Prevention Program provides rental/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, approved case management and approved supportive services directly related to the prevention of homelessness to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure or homelessness or are currently homeless. The program is designed to stabilize individuals and families in their existing homes, shorten the amount of time that individuals and families stay in shelters and assist individuals and families with securing affordable housing.
Who can receive these services?
Persons who may be eligible include households that are in immediate danger of eviction, foreclosure or homelessness or are currently homeless. The household must document a temporary economic crisis beyond its control and must be able to demonstrate an ability to meet the prospective rental/utility obligations after the assistance has been granted based on current or anticipated income.
What services are provided?
Homeless prevention services are provided through Continuum of Care organizations. This is a network of local governments, community organizations and non-profit agencies that cover the service needs of the entire state to provide one or more of the following services.
The total of these services for each household may not exceed the dollar value of six months' worth of the client's rent or mortgage amount.
- Payment of rent or mortgage
- Payment of rent or mortgage arrearage
- Payment of utilities and utility arrearage
- Payment of security deposit
Supportive services directly related to the prevention of homelessness or repeated episodes of homelessness, which may include:
- Housing Location/Inspection
- Job Preparation/Employment Services
- Case Management
How can I get services?
Contact a Homeless Prevention Provider from the list.