We help individuals and families who are at risk of experiencing homelessness.
About our programs
We administer Homeless Prevention to help to eligible individuals and families in Oakland County.
Based on eligibility, applications are processed for the county of which you are a resident. Once your eligibility is confirmed (see below), we aim to help you stabilize in current housing or relocate into housing within 60 days.
You may live in any rental unit as long as:
- The landlord is willing to work with the program and is in compliance with local and state rental rules
- The rent is within program limits
- The unit passes a Housing Quality Standards inspection
Our programs provide monthly help with rent as well as services designed to help you maintain your housing.
Funding for our Homeless Prevention programs comes from Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Emergency Solutions Grant and HUD Emergency Solutions Grants.
Why Homeless Prevention?
- Homelessness prevention strategies represent a wide array of efforts to prevent housing crises from occurring and to prevent people who face such crises from experiencing homelessness.
- Prevention assistance helps prevent housing crises that do occur from escalating further and resulting in homelessness.
- Source: https://www.usich.gov/resources/uploads/asset_library/Prevention-Diversion-Rapid-Exit-July-2019.pdf
Who is eligible?
Below are some of the basic eligibility requirements for our Homeless Prevention programs.
Note: There may be other eligibility requirements that are not listed. To find out if you qualify, please call our Housing Resource Center at 248-269-1335.
Applicants must meet HUD’s Category 2 or At Risk definition of homelessness
- Category 2 – Imminent Risk of Homelessness: Individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence, provided that:
- Residence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for homeless assistance;
- No subsequent residence has been identified; and
- The individual or family lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing
- At Risk of Homelessness: An individual or family who:
- Has an annual income below 30 percent of median family income for the area, as determined by HUD;
- Does not have sufficient resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks, immediately available to prevent them from moving to an emergency shelter or another place described in paragraph (1) of the “homeless” definition in this section; and
- Meets one of the following conditions:
- Has moved because of economic reasons two or more times during the 60 days immediately preceding the application for homelessness prevention assistance;
- Is living in the home of another because of economic hardship;
- Has been notified in writing that their right to occupy their current housing or living situation will be terminated within 21 days after the date of application for assistance;
- Lives in a hotel or motel and the cost of the hotel or motel stay is not paid by charitable organizations or by Federal, State, or local government programs for low-income individuals;
- Lives in a single-room occupancy or efficiency apartment unit in which there reside more than two persons or lives in a larger housing unit in which there reside more than 1.5 persons reside per room, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau;
- Is exiting a publicly funded institution, or system of care (such as a health-care facility, a mental health facility, foster care or other youth facility, or correction program or institution); or
- Otherwise lives in housing that has characteristics associated with instability and an increased risk of homelessness, as identified in the recipient’s approved consolidated plan;
- Must be a resident of Oakland County or Macomb County
- Must have an annual gross income below 30% of the Area Median Income
How can I access this service?
Please complete our Housing Needs Information Request form HERE or text “housing” to 248-269-1335. Our compassionate, experienced housing specialists will screen you for these and other programs.