HOMELESS PREVENTION PROGRAM
The Homeless and Housing Programs Prevention Services provides time-limited financial assistance to eligible people in the New River Valley who are in imminent danger of becoming homeless as funding is available. Homeless Prevention Services provides rental assistance, rental deposits, and utility assistance as well as providing a housing counseling component to facilitate the goal of long-term financial independence for the program participants. To be eligible for the program, applicants in permanent housing must be in danger of losing their housing. Applicants in temporary housing or without housing must require a security deposit(s) and rental assistance to secure permanent housing. The applicant must be within the Homeless & Housing Programs maximum income limits of less than 30% AMI and have exhausted their resources and all other sources of assistance.
A Housing Counselor, together with the client, develops short-term goals that will be monitored during the assistance and revised as necessary. There is an emphasis on housing counseling, financial management, and budgeting skills. The Housing Counselor advocates for clients and helps them access additional support services as needed.