H.E.L.P. (Housing Education & Leasing Partnership)
We are not currently accepting referrals future sessions but please check back often, as this may change.
LUNCH IS PROVIDED!
Please note that Deposit Assistance is contingent upon funding availability, participation and successful completion of the class.
*A 30 day bus pass is available to clients who need transportation to and from class. There is a bus stop in front of our building.
*If interpretation is needed, please let us know what language so we can make arrangements.
* One- on- one accommodation can be made outside of regular class hours for working participants.
Components of the Participant Housing Education will include:
Accept responsibility for past rental issues
- Identify unsuccessful behavior patterns
- Determine what renter could have done differently
- Applications for tenancy – Decide what information to share
Be ready to rent
- Repair or establish good credit & research your own credit score
- Create a workable household budget
- Prioritize needs – Pay rent and utilities first
Develop a housing search and best practices plan
- What kind of housing do I need?
- How much rent can I afford to pay?
- How much utilities will cost?
- What kind of questions do I need to ask?
- Why walk-throughs?
Understand the application and rental process
- Rental applications
- Backgrounds checks
- Disclosing past issues
- Fair housing law
- Housing providers and renters – rights and responsibilities
Maintain appropriate housekeeping
- Taking care of appliances
- When to call for help
- Understand routine maintenance
- Lawn care and yard care
- Energy conservation and utilities
Communicate effectively with their Housing Provider and neighbors
- Active listening and “I” messages
- Assertive vs. aggressive communication
- Conflict resolution
- Getting your point across
- Putting it in writing
- When to ask for help
Through this partnership, housing providers have the benefit of receiving well-prepared renters who will have completed renter’s education classes. These graduates are also committed to participate in at least one year of case management/ housing advocacy support in addition to having home visits every month by the case managers.
- Must have an annual income at or Below 80% of area median income for family size.
- Must be able to show capacity to pay rent on an ongoing basis.
- Be willing to participate and complete a 4 week renters education course (once a week classes) designed to prepare renters to have a great rental experience.
- Have Case management or a housing advocate identified. Case managers/housing advocates must be available to meet with you on a monthly basis to identify any housing related issues that may arise. For more information on who can be a Housing advocate, please CLICK HERE
- Must be willing to notify the HELP Program of any change in your housing status or notices of eviction while enrolled in the program.
If you feel that you meet the above criteria CLICK HERE for a HELP application. Please note that the front page of the application MUST be filled out by your Case manager or Housing advocate. Please allow up two weeks for staff to review your application, and be sure to provide contact information so that we can contact you for follow up interview.
Housing Advocate Information
If you do not have Case management, PSR, CBRS or similar services through a professional agency, you will need to identify a Housing Advocate in order to participate in the HELP Program. A Housing Advocate can be any adult who meets the following criteria:
- Have been stably housed for a period of no less than one year (must be currently residing in permanent housing).
- Able to attend all 4 sessions of the HELP Program (One-on one accommodations can be arranged for Advocates who cannot attend regularly scheduled classes).
- Able to actively assist HELP participant in the housing search.
- Conduct a minimum of a once a month in- home visit with HELP participant for a period of one year, and provide a brief monthly update to the HELP Program.
- Immediately notify the HELP Program if a housing crisis arises.