Assistance to stop evictions and rehouse the homeless in Birmingham is provided by Emergency Solution Grants from the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act, or HEARTH. This is a federal government, HUD funded program that provides support across Jefferson County Alabama.
Homeless Prevention is available in a very limited number of situations. However it is offered across Jefferson County, Alabama. It can provide a combination of grants for rent arrears to stop evictions, relocation and case management, such as free legal aid and employment support. There are additional services for homeless veterans, and the main programs for them is SSVF. Most of the money for this services comes from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.
Everything provided by agencies in Birmingham has a goal of helping tenants achieve long-term housing stabilization. They use intensive case management to do this. Any financial aid will require this type of approach, as if it is not done, then the resident may just face eviction again in the near future, no mater how much money they are given for any rent they owe to a landlord.
There are other criteria that need to be met. They include the applicant needs to live in Birmingham or certain designated portions of Jefferson County. The family also needs to meet low income guidelines and have an eviction notice from their landlord, or be on the verge of it.
If an applicant lost their home to foreclosure, was evicted in the past, or is now homeless, then they too can apply for a support from the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act. The approach taken in these instances will be slightly different in that the goal is to resettle the individual into a new, safe affordable home or apartment in Jefferson County. However these applicants will also need to enroll into case management and have some source of income.
Most of the support is paid for using the Emergency Solutions Grants Program (H-ESG). This was created by the federal government HUD organization, and it was created to serve as a homeless prevention program.
Depending on the applicant's circumstances as well as the funding that is available in the area, homelessness prevention may include some or all of the following. This is used for both moving a family into a new property, and also for stopping a tenant eviction.
No matter what someone is applying too, they need to have no other resources available to them (such as savings in the bank or family members) and they also need to meet income limits. The limits will usually be tied to the average household income in the Jefferson County Alabama area.
Case management is also used to stop an eviction. Non-profit credit counseling agencies will partner as part of the HEARTH Transition Act. They will help families repair their credit. They will also help people transportation to other community resources in the area.
Many families living in an unstable environment also need assistance for basic needs, such as medical or dental care. That can be arranged, as well as other support such as applications to Nutritional Food Commodities, reimbursement for transportation costs, applications for vouchers from section 8, and grants for medications.
The bottom line is that these agencies will do what they can to pro-actively prevent an eviction. When it is too late, then rapid rehousing will be the next step for the homeless to pursue in the Jefferson County area. For details, call 205-201-7555.
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