The resource available to low income tenants for stopping an eviction in Montgomery County is HCRP, also known as the Homeless Crisis Response Program. There is assistance for people who are at imminent risk of losing their home or apartment for any number of reasons. Whether the eviction is caused by rent being in arrears, a legal issue, or unpaid utility bills, support may be arranged for struggling households in Dayton and the county.
When a family is living in poverty, or they are aware of an upcoming financial hardship, the tenant should seek assistance at that point in time. The sooner that someone requests case management (or temporary rent assistance or legal aid) to stop the eviction the better. This type of request can go through a local non-profit or community action agency.
That being said, the Montgomery County Ohio Homeless Crisis Response Service is only for people at immediate risk of an eviction. Applicants will not only need to meet income and many other conditions, but in addition they will need to have a Notice to Quit or Leave the Premises from their landlord. There may also be some court ordered documentation that could suffice as well.
If the homeless is due to utility, heating, or water bills going unpaid, then the non-profit Community Action Partnership will need to be contacted. This organization can help people apply for crisis HEAP or other government funded energy programs as those too can stop an eviction. When those grants are used up, then the case manager from the agency may try to negotiate an extension or payment plan on behalf of the tenant.
Evictions that are a result result of missed housing payments (specifically rent) are what HCRP is really targeted at taking care of. Since most of the money from it comes from the federal government Housing and Urban Development organization as well as the state of Ohio, there is often a waiting list in place. In these instance, the grants that are available from the local homeless prevention program may pay for the following expenses.
-A one-time, emergency payments for rental arrears along with late fees.
-Legal services from a Dayton Ohio firm that cover eviction court costs.
-Housing needs of veterans, single mothers, and the disabled that would other wise be evicted.
-If HEAP can help with heating bills, then a grant may be available (at the discretion of a non-profit) for utility costs.
-Applications to Shelter Plus Care for the mentally ill.
The Montgomery County Ohio Homeless Crisis Response Program is administered at the local level. Income criteria will be the household can exceed 30% of the area median income. There are a few non-profits that typically run it each year, and referrals can be given from the number below. The list of agencies to apply at will often change each year, and the funds are distributed differently each year.
HCRP is one resource for doing this, but there are others. Everything from emergency shelters to placement into transitional housing and vouchers to pay for motels in Dayton may be provided. All of these are for temporary solutions though, and when it comes to permanent housing placement, rehousing may help in the following ways.
The reason someone is homeless will not matter. Whether they were evicted in the past, are fleeing domestic violence, or lost their home to a foreclosure, the program can still assist. But the root cause of what caused the applicant to be homeless will be (and needs to be) addressed throughout the process.
Montgomery County rapid rehousing will also help pay for expenses involved in this process. There may be assistance to pay for first months rent, security deposits, and also utility hook up fees. The standard utility deposit can pay for electric, water, natural gas and sewage expenses.
The client will also get access to activities necessary to find an apartment or home to live in. Many previously evicted families have limited options in units due to landlords requiring background and credit checks. Then the process will involve locating, obtaining, moving into, and retaining suitable housing in the area. This is also when the multiple week long case management process will begin too.
Once a home has been located, the tenant needs to contribute as well. Any aid in Montgomery County is temporary, so the family also needs to pay some of their income for the rental and energy costs once they are stabilized. This will help them build the financial discipline to stop the cycle of homelessness as well as evictions.
For more information, or to apply for eviction help in Montgomery County, call 937.263.4449. Those tenants, or the homeless, will be screened and referred to a program for their needs.
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