CVCoC RRH Programs

Miriam’s House Community First

Access to CVCoC Funded RRH Programs

As RRH is a vital tool in ending homelessness for priority populations, these slots are filled through a strategic process. This process is designed to identify the most vulnerable persons served by the CVCoC and ensure their placement in RRH. The following outlines the process for prioritization:

  • With a signed copy of the CVCoC Release of Information, the Vulnerability Index - Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) should be administered for any literally homeless household that qualifies as one or more of the priority subpopulations when diversion has been unsuccessful and the household remains homeless.

  • Once a priority subpopulation household has been assessed with the VI-SPDAT, the provider will complete the By-Name List Reporting form and sent a copy to the CVCoC Lead Agency, Miriam’s House.

  • Twice a month, the Community Case Review (CCR) team will meet to review the By-Name List and prioritize RRH referrals with a preference for those households belonging to priority subpopulations who have the greatest vulnerabilities and barriers based on the VI-SPDAT scores.

  • CCR members will vote to identify the top three candidates for each opening, with the candidates chosen by a majority vote. This ensures the process does not need to be repeated if the first individual is found to be ineligible for the service.

  • All rapid re-housing programs are required to report project vacancies to the CoC Lead Agency within 48 business hours of unit/bed availability. The CVCoC Lead Agency will provide referral information for the highest prioritized eligible household.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Participants must meet the HUD definition of literal homelessness (HUD Category 1). Thus, participants must be in an emergency shelter or residing in a place not meant for human habitation.

  • Clients who are residing in a place not meant for human habitation will be staffed at a meeting of the Community Case Review prior to referral.

  • Participants must have a completed VI-SPDAT during their current episode of homelessness.

Minimum Program Standards

  • Maximum participation in a rapid rehousing program cannot exceed 24 months.

  • All participants must have a completed CoC HBA and CoC Housing Plan.

  • Services may include landlord outreach, assessment of housing barriers, financial assistance, and case management.

  • Supportive services may be provided alone or with a combination of rental assistance and supportive services.

  • Support services must be occur at least monthly while financial assistance is being provided in accordance with HUD regulations 24 CFR Part 578.

  • Supportive services may continue at the discretion of the program and client after financial assistance ceases but cannot continue past 6 months after rental assistance stops per HUD regulations 24 CFR 578.

Financial Assistance Standards

  • CoC RRH projects are required to use a progressive engagement model, i.e., starting with a small amount of assistance for the shortest period of time possible to help resolve homelessness then adding more assistance, only as necessary, if the less intensive intervention is unsuccessful.

  • All participants receiving rental assistance subsidies must contribute a minimum of 30% of their monthly adjusted household income toward their monthly rent. The tenant rent contribution may be adjusted at any time based on changes to household income, including but not limited to at each 90 day reassessment. There is no minimum rent requirement and tenant rent contribution may be zero, for households with no income.

  • Participants must be re-evaluated at least every 90 days for financial assistance or every 12 months for supportive services to prove that services are necessary for the recipient to avoid becoming literally homeless. This requirement applies to both supportive services and rental assistance.

Expected Performance Outcomes

  • Participants should move into permanent housing in an average of 30 days or less.

  • 80% of participants exit to permanent housing.

  • 85% of participants that exit a RRH program to permanent housing should not become homeless again within a year.

  • 80% of participants exit with non-cash mainstream resources.

  • 60% of participants exit with employment income.

  • 50% of participants exit with income from sources other than employment.