Eviction help is provided in Volusia County as per the terms and conditions of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act. Using money from the federal government as part of the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, tenants with a pay or quit notice can apply for financial help, short term housing, legal aid, and even motel vouchers.
The services are arranged by a non-profit organizations in the community, such as the Volusia County Coalition for the Homeless, charities such as the Halifax Urban Ministries as well as the Continuum of Care. All of these agencies will offer emergency assistance for rental or security deposit costs as well as advocate on behalf of the homeless. The programs fall into four main categories, including financial aid, case management, rehousing, and short term shelters.
Volusia County financial assistance can help both with preventing and eviction and rehousing the families. Federal ESG grants can be used for the following.
In almost all cases, the applicant needs to be low to moderate income. Eviction assistance is generally only going to pay a portion of the expense due, and the tenant needs to pay some of the rent due using their income as well. The financial aid is temporary and comes with criteria in place.
Case management services can also be used to prevent homelessness. What a family living in poverty may seek is as follows.
The goal of the case management process will help the homeless become established in permanent housing, or provide low income families the self-sufficiency tools they need to break a pattern of evictions.
Volusia County shelters as well as transitional housing can be used be both the chronically homeless and recently evicted. This resources will not only give the individual (or family) a safe place to sleep, but they also start the process to recovery.
As noted, the capacity of the shelter system is limited. In addition, some centers will only support veterans or maybe single mothers with young children, so this further limits the availability. When possible, and if federal government funding allows for it, a free motel or hotel voucher may be given to the applicant.
Maybe the last part of eviction and homeless prevention in Volusia County is Rapid-Rehousing. Organizations that are part of the Volusia County Continuum of Care use a combination of government grants, funds, and even loans to get the struggling family into permanent housing.
One of the main organizations that oversees this program is the Volusia County Coalition for the Homeless. They are focused on getting people into a stable living situation. The Coalition will also help resources focused on victims of domestic violence, as the organization wants to keep them safe and secure.
There are a few places to contact for help. Tenants in West Volusia can call (386-736-5955), and eviction help is available in Daytona Beach as well. That contact information is 386-254-4648. Another contact number in the region for homeless prevention is for those in New Smyrna Beach, and that number is 386-423-3375.
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