Housing Stabilization Collaborative

 Housing Stabilization collaborative 

house iconThe Housing Stabilization Collaborative (HSC) started as a Family Promise of Lawrence (FPL) grant-funded program and transformed into a collaborative approach to preventing homelessness with organizations such as Tenants to Homeowners (TTH), The United Way of Douglas County (UWDGCO), The Willow Domestic Violence Center, Centro Hispano, Lawrence Community Shelter, and Success by Six. The program draws from lessons learned and best practices around the country from these organizations, and is supported by the HSC Program Manager.

One goal of the HSC is preventing homelessness. There is currently an application for rental assistance here HSC Rental Assistance Application.

 

Electricity, Gas, and Water Assistance is Available Through: 

Ballard Center: 785-842-0729

EKAN: 785-841-3357

Salvation Army: 785-843-4188

 

Income Requirements: Income must be affected by COVID-19. If the household income is below 30% AMI because of COVID-19, the family is eligible for the Rental Assistance Grant Program. Eligibility also relies on all parties complying with the terms of the agreement.


2021 AMI by Household Size

 

Household Size

30% AMI Max Household Income

1

$17,750

2

$20,300

3

$22,850

4

$25,350

5

$27,400

6

$29,450


Rental Assistance are based on a particular household’s circumstances and needs, and will consider part-time income, unemployment, access to stimulus resources, rental cost reasonableness, and landlord agreements. Priority is on keeping people housed through the COVID-19 crisis, but also demands that tenants and landlords receiving funds will commit to programing and providing all available resources.

Rental Rate Maximums: The HSC will use Fair Market Rent as the basis for the maximum amount a landlord can be reimbursed monthly through the combination of tenant resources and program assistance payments.

Douglas County Landlord Commitments: To be paid through these COVID-19 funds, Landlords must agree to accept the above listed Fair Market Rent, agree to waive late fees during the Program Payment commitment period and agree to not evict the tenant for COVID-19 caused arrears as long as the tenant is making due payments arranged through a payment plan with the program and following all other lease requirements. Landlord, tenant and program will sign an agreement with the payment plan terms and period.

Douglas County Tenant commitments: Tenants commit to continuing to pay a minimum of 30% of their monthly gross COVID-19 adjusted income towards rent. This amount will take into account unemployment, severance, stimulus checks and tax returns. Tenants agree to participate in budgeting, meeting via phone during COVID-19 and in person when allowed, and working to access additional resources for food and utility assistance so that an emphasis can be placed on paying rent, remaining housed, and avoiding housing debt.

Program Commitments: Lead by Family Promise, TTH, and UWDGCO, the HSC Rental Assistance Program will bring together a group of partnering social service agencies to collaboratively refer and manage supportive services with tenants. TTH, FP, and UWDGCO, as lead agencies, will receive applications, make agreements on eligibility and funding, make payment plan agreements with tenants and landlords, and administer the allocation of funds for the Housing Stabilization Collaborative. Lead agencies are counting on our current network of social service agencies to provide referrals, help current clients with the online application and provide contact and case management help with wrap around services they normally provide. This commitment not only allows us to avoid sending tenants in crisis to new agencies, but this will help people quickly access the resources they need. Tenants referred by landlords or who are not currently working with a partnering agency directly, will be assigned to Family Promise, TTH, or UWDGCO for additional supportive services.


 

gabiGabi, our Program Manager can help you with:

 

Contact Gabi at gsprague@unitedwaydgco.org or by calling 785-393-6502

 


Rental Availability List

Gabi leads a team that calls landlords and property managers to compile a rental availability list that details restrictions on pets, income, credit check, criminal record, section 8, and eviction records to save tenants some of the work of the housing search.

This list is intended to be a helpful resource. This list is not exhaustive and is not intended as a recommendation of any of the properties, landlords, or management companies listed. In the future, we hope to expand the scope of the list to include more in-depth information about available units and more units outside of Lawrence.

Updated as of 05/06/2021 | Click Here to open in Google Sheets | Click Here to Download Excel Spreadsheet