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Budget Summary FY2014

70049316 - Residential Assistance for Families in Transition
Data Current as of:  9/11/2013





Account Description FY2013
Spending
FY2014
GAA
7004-9316 Residential Assistance for Families in Transition
For a program to provide assistance in addressing obstacles to maintaining or securing housing for families with: (a) a household income not greater than 30 per cent of area median income that are homeless and moving into subsidized or private housing or are at risk of becoming homeless; or (b) a household income greater than 30 per cent but not more than 50 per cent of area median income that are homeless and moving into subsidized or private housing, or are at risk of becoming homeless due to a significant reduction of income or increased expenses; provided, that up to $500,000 may be used for temporary emergency accommodations for not longer than 7 days for families at imminent risk of homelessness in order to facilitate the maintenance or securing of housing or referral to other services; provided further, that, effective July 1, 2013, the department of housing and community development shall promptly refer to providers of such temporary accommodations funded by this item, those families who provide credible statements or other credible evidence that they are within 24 hours of staying in a place unfit for human habitation, who appear to have income that does not exceed 150 per cent of the federal poverty level and who are not eligible for emergency shelter services from the department; provided further, that those providers shall be available to receive and act on such referrals until at least 5 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday, but not including state and federal holidays; provided further, that nothing in this item shall relieve the department of its obligations under item 7004-0101, including the duty immediately to place families in emergency shelter if they appear to be eligible but need more time to collect verifications; provided further, that the department shall report monthly to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and senate clerks and the joint committee on housing detailing: (i) the number of families receiving temporary accommodations under this item; (ii) the average length of stay in temporary accommodations; and (iii) the total amount expended on temporary accommodations to date; provided further, that assistance shall be administered by the department through contracts with the regional non-profit agencies; provided further, that not less than 90 per cent of the funds shall be provided to households with an income not greater than 30 per cent of area median income, subject to the department's discretion based on data reflecting program demand and usage; provided further, that in distributing 90 per cent of the funds, the department shall prioritize those families most likely to otherwise require shelter services under item 7004-0101; provided further, that the amount of financial assistance provided to a family shall not exceed more than $4,000, not including the value of any temporary accommodations, in any 12-month period; provided further, that, excluding families receiving HomeBASE rental assistance, a family shall not receive more than a combined sum of $4,000, not including the value of any temporary accommodations, in a 12-month period from this item and item 7004-0108; provided further, that prior to authorizing a residential assistance payment for a family, the administering agency shall make a finding that the payment will enable the family to retain its current housing, obtain new housing or otherwise avoid homelessness; provided further, that in making these findings the agency shall, unless the facts of the case warrant otherwise, apply a presumption that the payment will enable a family 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 whom the agencies determine would benefit from these 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; provided further, that the program shall be administered under guidelines established by the department; provided further, that the department shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (a) the number of families who applied for assistance; (b) the number of families approved for assistance; (c) the minimum, median and average amount of financial assistance awarded; (d) the total amount of assistance awarded to date, including a breakdown by income category; and (e) the number of families falling into each income category; and provided further, that the department shall track a family's reason for assistance by the same categories used in 7004-0101, prior appropriation continued
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