We help individuals and families experiencing homelessness and/or fleeing domestic violence and human trafficking find affordable rental housing.
About our programs
We administer Rapid Rehousing to help to eligible individuals and families in Oakland County and Macomb 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 move in to 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 Rapid Rehousing programs comes from Continuum of Care Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Emergency Solutions Grant, and HUD Emergency Solutions Grants.
Why Rapid Rehousing?
- Rapid re-housing is a primary solution for ending homelessness. It has been demonstrated to be effective in getting people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing and keeping them there. By connecting people with a home, they are in a better position to address other challenges that may have led to their homelessness, such as obtaining employment or addressing substance abuse issues.
- Research demonstrates that those who receive rapid re-housing assistance are homeless for shorter periods of time than those assisted with shelter or transitional housing. Rapid re-housing is also less expensive than other homeless interventions, such as shelter or transitional housing.
- The intervention has also been effective for people traditionally perceived to be more difficult to serve, including people with limited or no income and survivors of domestic violence.
Who is eligible?
Below are some of the basic eligibility requirements for our Rapid Rehousing 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 1 or Category 4 definition of homelessness
- Category 1 – Literally Homeless: Individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning:
- Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation;
- Is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state and local government programs); or
- Is exiting an institution where (s)he has 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 The head of household is disabled due to a severe mental illness and/or developmental disability.
- Category 4 – Fleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence: Any individual or family who:
- Is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence;
- Has no other residence; and
- Lacks the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing
- 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.