Housing Relocation and Stabilization
What do I need to know about housing relocation and stabilization services activities under the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing components?
There are two categories of housing relocation and stabilization services:
- Financial Assistance (§ 576.105(a)), which may be used to pay housing owners, utility companies and other third parties for the following:
- Rental application fees (§ 576.105(a)(1))
- Security deposit (§ 576.105(a)(2))
- Last month's rent (§ 576.105(a)(3))
- Utility deposit (§ 576.105(a)(4))
- Utility payments (§ 576.105(a)(5))
- Moving costs (§ 576.105(a)(6)) including certain costs related to emergency transfers
- Costs of Providing the Following Services (§ 576.105(b)), when necessary to assist a program participant to obtain or maintain housing:
- Housing search and placement (§ 576.105(b)(1))
- Housing stability case management (§ 576.105(b)(2))
- Mediation (§ 576.105(b)(3))
- Legal services (§ 576.105(b)(4))
- Credit repair (§ 576.105(b)(5))
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Some of the requirements and restrictions to keep in mind when providing housing relocation and stabilization services to an eligible program participant include:
- Case Management Frequency: Program participants must meet with a case manager at least once a month for the duration of assistance, except where funding under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) or the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) prohibits the recipient or subrecipient from making shelter or housing conditional upon the receipt of services (§ 576.401(e)).
- Case Management Linkages to Other Support Systems: Program participants must be assisted, as needed, in obtaining:
- Appropriate supportive services, such as medical or mental health treatment, or services essential for independent living
- Mainstream benefits, such as Medicaid, SSI, or TANF (§ 576.401(d))
- Case Management Time Limits: Recipients and subrecipients must adhere to the time limits on providing housing stability case management with Rapid Re-Housing funds for program participants living on the street or in shelters, meaning:
- When a program participant is residing on the street or in emergency shelter, the first 30 days of housing stability case management are funded by Rapid Re-Housing.
- If more than 30 days of case management are needed and the program participant is still residing on the street or in emergency shelter, costs must be charged to Emergency Shelter: Essential Services, Street Outreach: Case Management, or non-ESG funding.
- Once the program participant is in permanent housing, case management can continue to be provided under Rapid Re-Housing for an additional 24 months. (§ 576.105(b)(2))
- Use with Other Subsidies: No ESG financial assistance may be provided to a program participant who is receiving the same type of assistance from other public sources. (§ 576.105(d)) However, ESG funds may be used to provide different type(s) of assistance from that being provided to the program participant through other public sources (e.g., public housing, Section 8 vouchers, permanent supportive housing or other supportive housing programs, and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)) if participant eligibility criteria are met and the costs of ESG assistance are only eligible to the extent that the assistance is necessary to help the program participant regain stability in his/her current permanent housing or move into other permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing.
A household that needs ESG financial assistance (e.g., security deposit, moving expenses, or utilities assistance) to be able to use the rental assistance from another public source may be eligible for such ESG assistance. Also, if a household receives one type of utility assistance (e.g., electric) from another public source, the household may be eligible for ESG assistance for another type of utility (e.g., water). When providing utility assistance, be sure to assess and document that the other public subsidy does not pay for some or all of a particular utility to ensure that this requirement is met.
For more information on housing relocation and stabilization services under the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing components, please refer to § 576.105 of the ESG Interim Rule, the ESG Program Components Virtual Binder, and the following resources: