Homelessness Prevention

HCAA screens homeless individuals in Harford County to be placed in the Welcome One Shelter, operated by Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United (FCCAU).  The FCCAU Shelter has 27 male beds and 6 female beds.  During freezing weather months, screening for homeless residents includes motel placement or placement into the emergency rotating shelter, according to Harford County’s Freezing Weather Plan.

Am I Eligible for Homeless Services?

FY 2022 Income Limits

Criteria for Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Program Assistance

                       FY 2022 30% of Median – HSP Grant Funds
1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
$24,700 $28,200 $31,750 $35,250 $38,050 $40,900 $43,700 $46,550

 

                       FY 2022 80% of Median – ESG-CV Grant Funds
1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
$62,600 $71,500 $80,450 $89,400 $96,550 $103,700 $110,850 $118,000

 

Homeless Prevention Services Criteria

  • At Risk of Homelessness Status i.e. eviction notice or ledger documentation from landlord.
  • Lack the resources to obtain other permanent housing, and
  • Have an annual income that does not exceed 50% of AMI when using ESG-CV and 30% of AMI when using State HSP funds.

Homeless Prevention – After Intake

  • A completed SSP application that summarizes the homeless prevention request from the head of household.
  • Photo ID for head of household.
  • Social security cards for entire household
  • Last 30 days of income for entire household which may include earned income, Social Security Administration disability or retirement benefits, child support, Temporary Cash Assistance and general assistance from natural supports.
  • Eviction notice or memorandum from landlord indicating at-risk status which can include a current ledger.
  • Updated (Same as program year) and signed W-9 form from the landlord. 

Rapid Re-Housing Program Eligibility

  • A completed SSP application that summarizes the Rapid Re-Housing Program assistance request from the head of household.
  • Zero income households.
  • Any household living in a place not meant for habitation i.e. tent encampment, outside dwelling place or personal vehicle.
  • Any household exiting from a congregate shelter or transitional housing provider.
  • Any household that is fleeing, or is attempting to flee a domestic violence situation.
  • Any households residing in hotels/motels paid for by churches, charitable organizations or by federal, state and local government programs within the last 30 days.
  • Any household exiting an institution where they resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution. NOTE: HCAA’s Coordinated Access will need to confirm the housing status prior to the institution stay before RRH services are provided.

Once HP and RRH Program services are provided, what’s next?

  • For HP, complete the Supportive Services Program – Eviction Prevention Screening Tool, place in file and provide HP assistance.
  • For RRH, complete the RRH Program Triage Tool and proceed with RRH assistance.
  • Each household needs to have a housing stability plan comprised and agreed to i.e. goals to maintain housing and independent stability.
  • Evidence of referrals to intra-agency or community-based resources to assist in self-sustainable measures.

Homeless Services
Homelessness Prevention assistance is for households at risk of homelessness. Homelessness prevention assistance is intended to provide housing stabilization services necessary to prevent an individual or family from moving into an emergency shelter, the streets, or a place not meant for human habitation.

Rapid Re-Housing
Rapid Re-Housing Program (RRH) assists household(s) who are living on the street, in their vehicles, coming out of shelter or fleeing domestic violence with housing location assistance, with security deposit and first month’s rent.

Note: Third Party verification will be required to confirm housing status from other service providers in order to establish RRH criterion.

Street Outreach
Street Outreach is an intervention is designed to meet those who are experiencing homelessness where they are. This can and will mean places that are not meant for habitation, i.e. tent encampments, inside an operable or inoperable vehicle, vacated or abandoned house, etc.

These interactions are provided with the hope of establishing rapport and ultimately linking these individuals to services within the Continuum of Care that include shelter placement, permanent supportive housing placement, mental health assistance, vital records aid, medical assistance and stable independent living via Rapid Re-Housing Program.

Concerned Citizens Form
Have you seen someone who may need our assistance? Please contact us directly so that we can see if assistance is necessary.

Continuum of Care

The Continuum of Care program is designed to assist sheltered and unsheltered homeless people by providing the housing and/or services needed to help individuals move into transitional and permanent housing with the goal of long-term stability.

Apply For Services
Apply for Services through Harford Community Action Agency.