Ohio Establishes New Rental Assistance Program

According to a recent Ohio Newsletter, “The RAP, is part of DODD’s FY2016-2017 Executive Budget, and will fund up to $750,000 in rental assistance for each of the next two years. It provides assistance to eligible individuals who are moving from a state-operated Developmental Center or a privately or county-operated ICF into a smaller, community home of their choosing with a Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver. The rental assistance is intended to help individuals pay for housing costs until they become eligible for any other local, state, or federal rental assistance funding.”

“We’re helping people move into the community by removing one of the challenges many people face when starting out,” said Ernie Fischer, Capital Housing Administrator. “When combined with other programs such as HOME Choice, the Rental Assistance Program can help make the transition that much easier for people.”

The amount of rental assistance a person receives, will be based on their income and fair market rent, by county, as determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Funding is available to persons living in any rental setting where the individual has a lease or rental agreement, and may include for profit as well as not-for-profit landlords.

FMI:  Go to http://dodd.ohio.gov/IndividualFamilies/WhereILive/Pages/RAP.aspx