Friday, April 8, 2011
Today is the deadline for applications for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) funds.
The program is through the City of Wichita, Catholic Charities, Inc., and United Way of the Plains.
Applicants must call 2-1-1 before 5 pm today for a preliminary screening.
Funds are extremely limited and the following guidelines will be strictly adhered to.
Applicants must have a stable or consistent income, or immediate plans to obtain income. Income includes wages, disability or other government payments, child support, and unemployment benefits among other forms of payment.
Annual income cannot exceed the following federal government program limits; so a family of two could earn no more than $25,500 a year to be eligible.
FY 2010, 50% AMI*
1 Person, $22,300
2 Persons, $25,500
3 Persons, $28,300
4 Persons, $31,850
5 Persons, $34,400
6 Persons, $36,950
7 Persons, $39,500
8 Persons, $42,050
*Area Median Family Income
CURRENT HOUSING STATUS
Applicants must have an imminent threat of becoming homeless, an eviction notice or foreclosure action. For homeowners facing foreclosure, HPRP cannot make mortgage payments but can help relocate a foreclosed household to rental housing.
People who are homeless can apply. A homeless person is someone who is sleeping on the street, or in a place not designed for sleeping, or in a homeless shelter.
Applicants must have no other options for housing. This means the applicant does not have the opportunity to live with family or friends.
Applicants must show that they can maintain housing on their own after receiving short-term, temporary HPRP assistance.
When calling 2-1-1, applicants will be asked to confirm this information. Those who meet the criteria from the phone interview will be scheduled for intake. At that time, documentation will be required to prove that the criteria are met.
The applicant must meet with a case manager and develop a plan which will lead them to stable housing after the HPRP assistance ends.
The HPRP was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The City has assisted 195 families since the program began in November, 2009.
Those who do not meet these criteria should not apply. However, information regarding other resources may be obtained by calling 2-1-1 and asking about general information for rent and utility assistance.