Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Rehousing Program
Clients seeking homelessness prevention services through the Community Housing Resource Center must meet all of the following program guidelines and eligibility requirements to qualify for services. If you would like to make an appointment, please call the Community housing Resource Center at 540-266-7551.
- Program participants must have an initial consultation with a CHRC staff member.
- Program participants must meet the HUD definition of at-risk of homelessness or “literally homeless” (see CHRC staff member for clarification on definitions).
- Participants must have no other existing sources of support, financial resources or other appropriate housing options.
- Households must meet income requirements – below 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI) – based on household size. Limited funding will be at 50% of the Area Median Income.
- Participants cannot be currently residing in public housing or be receiving a housing subsidy voucher.
- Participants cannot be receiving housing assistance from another source for the same time period that assistance is being provided. Assistance includes all local, state and federal sources.
- Prevention funds cannot be used to assist clients in a mortgage situation.
- Households are only eligible to receive homelessness prevention services once per year.
- All outstanding verifications and other program documentation must be returned to CHRC staff within 7 days of intake date. It is the client’s responsibility to ensure all landlord documentation is returned to CHRC staff.
- Housing units must pass all necessary inspections within 7 days of intake date.
- Prevention funding can be used to provide a maximum of 3 months in rental arrears. Current and future rental payments can be made; however, total months of coverage cannot exceed 3 months.
- The case manager will work with the client to determine if the household will be required to pay a portion of the rental payment. The minimum amount of assistance necessary for the household to achieve stability in the short-term will be provided.
- Participants must have a written legal lease in place with landlord.
- Participants cannot have liquid assets in excess of $500.
- Prevention funds cannot be used to pay court costs or damages to property. Payment of reasonable late fees, however, can be made.
- Payments will not be made for properties owned by Council of Community Services Board members, staff or in any other situation where a conflict of interest may exist.