Acknowledgements This training is made possible by the Maryland Partnership for Affordable Housing, a Real Choice Systems Change Grant project funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and by: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Department of Housing and Community Development Maryland Department of Disabilities Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities
Maryland Partnership for Affordable Housing • Oct. 2011 - CMS Real Choice Systems Change (RCSC) grant • 16 states applied • 6 grants were awarded (MD, IN, TX, WI, OR, MI) • Purpose - Develop infrastructure to implement a new rental assistance program - HUD 811Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (PRA)
HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program • Required Partnership Agreement • Department of Housing & Community Development • Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene/Medicaid • Dept. of Disabilities • July 2012 - MD applied for HUD 811 PRA • 35 states applied • February 2013 – MD received award for $10.9 million • 13 states received award • 2 states with RCSC grant received award (MD & TX)
HUD & CMS Sec 811 PRA HUD and CMS form partnership • MDOD manages web-based eligibility system; processes for tenant selection & referral; track unit availability • DHCD reaches out to developers and funds units; pays rent subsidies; ensures housing quality standards; ensures HUD program compliance • DHMH (and associated Case Managers) enroll applicants, make services available, assists with transition and manages tenant issues MPAH DHCD DHMH MDOD Developers & Property Management Companies Service Providers & Case Managers Housing Developers and Property Managers partner with Case Managers for continued assistance
Documentation • Credit check & criminal background performed by property manager • Two “never” convictions • Lifetime sex offender registration requirement • Methamphetamine production on federally-assisted housing property • Other restrictions • Currently engaging in illegal drug activity, fugitive felons, parole violators, evicted from federally-assisted housing due to drug-related criminal activity within last 3 years • Reasonable cause to believe person is a danger
Transition Planning • DO NOT WAIT!!! • Gather documents as soon as person indicates interest in permanent supportive housing
Weinberg Apartments • Joint program between Weinberg Foundation, DHMH and DHCD • $2 million in capital funding to develop apartments for non-elderly people with disabilities • Funding makes apartments affordable for very low income households • Tenants pay 30% of income for rent
Weinberg ApartmentsELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS • Residency: Willing to live in the identified Weinberg Apartment at the identified Weinberg Unit project location • Age: Non-elderly individuals with disabilities between the ages of 18-62 at time of occupancy • Income: Recipients of SSI or SSDI with household incomes between 15-30% of the area median income
Weinberg ApartmentsREFERRAL PROCESS • Must be made by a professional service provider, case manager, independent living specialist, social worker, etc. • Web-based referral and unit registry system is soon available for referrals to the program • Referrals will be screened for eligibility by MDOD and placed on a waiting list in order of: • Greatest need • Date of application • Willingness to live where a Weinberg Apartment is available • Applicant and the referring service provider will be notified and receive a lease application when a unit is available • Completed applications will be forwarded to property manager for separate lease application review and approval process
Weinberg ApartmentsPROJECT DETAILS • Project Affordability: not less than 40 years; • Various room sizes, all units accessible; • Developers/Projects: • Homes For America (HFA), Hudson Townhomes, Cambridge • Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP), Parkview Towers, Takoma Park • Osprey, Salisbury • Unit Availability: • HFA: Occupied May 2013 • MHP: Projected Spring of 2014 • Osprey: Projected Fall of 2014
Weinberg ApartmentsTemporary Registration Procedures • Call toll-free: 1-877-496-4954 between 8:30-5:00 EDT, Monday – Friday • A Socialserve.com representative will answer your call. If all lines are busy, you will be asked to leave your contact information, and someone will return your call.
Weinberg ApartmentsTemporary Registration Procedures • The Social Serve representative will ask you for the following information about your client: • Date of birth • Household size • Total Household income • Is the applicant applying for or receiving SSI or SSDI? • Is the applicant a registered sex offender? • Has the applicant been convicted of Methamphetamine possession on Public Housing Authority property? • All the counties in which the applicant is interested in living
Weinberg ApartmentsTemporary Registration Procedures • Social Servewill determine potential eligibility in the county(ies) in which they are interested in living • If determined preliminarily eligible, Social Serve will assist you in completing and submitting an application • This information will be sent securely to MDOD staff who will determine final eligibility at the time the property manager is ready to accept lease applications.