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Department of Housing and Community Development

Department of Housing and Community Development
    Department of Housing and Community Development
Account Description
FY06
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FY07
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Residential Assistance for Families in Transition  
   7004-9316   For a program to provide assistance for homeless families and families at risk of becoming homeless; provided, that the amount of financial assistance shall not exceed $3,000 per family; provided further, that funds may be used for security deposits, first and last months' rent, moving expenses, utility payments, or other uses as determined by the department of housing and community development; provided further, that assistance shall be administered by the department through contracts with the regional non-profit housing agencies; provided further, that no such assistance shall be provided to any family with an income in excess of 50 per cent of the area-wide median income; provided further, that no such assistance shall be provided to any family that has a housing voucher or resides in or is moving to housing that is subsidized as defined by the department; provided further, that prior to authorizing a residential assistance payment for a family, the non-profit housing agency shall make an assessment of whether the payment, with or without additional housing stabilization support, will enable the family to retain its current housing, obtain new housing, or otherwise avoid homelessness; provided further, that in making such assessment the agency shall apply a presumption that the payment will enable a family to retain its housing, obtain new housing, or otherwise avoid homelessness if the family is paying less than or equal to 50 per cent of its income for that housing; provided further, that a family who is paying more than 50 per cent of its income for its housing shall be provided a fair opportunity to establish that a residential assistance payment will enable it to retain its housing, obtain new housing, or otherwise avoid homelessness; provided further, that residential assistance payments may be made through direct vendor payments according to standards to be established by the department; provided further, that the agencies shall establish a system for referring families approved for residential assistance payments who the agencies determine would benefit from such services to existing community-based programs that provide additional housing stabilization supports, including assistance in obtaining housing subsidies and locating alternative housing that is safe and affordable for those families; and provided further, that the program shall be administered under guidelines established by the department 5,000,000 3,000,000
 
 
 Transferred to relevant budgetary accounts.